What makes horticultural therapy unique is that it uses living material, requiring nurturing and care, in programs. The maturation and lifecycle of plants provide plenty of horticultural tasks and related activities to stimulate thought, exercise the body and encourage an awareness of the living, external environment. A therapeutic relationship and rapport can be built by working through individual or group projects. This rapport can be built by demonstrating sincerity and a sense of caring. Mitchell L. Hewson, HTM.
Studies show that regular gardening improves self-confidence, reduces stress, and decreases the risk of depression. Working on a small garden, even if only for 30 minutes a week, is a sure-fire way to reduce irritability.
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