Fairchild's Plants and People
Horticulture Therapy Program
Fairchild's Plants and People Horticultural Therapy Program aims to create positive therapeutic experiences for individuals living with Alzheimer's as well as for children with Autism. Our programs encourage caregivers and family members to enjoy the tranquility of Fairchild while their charges or children experience the rejuvenating power of plants and gardens. The programs connects you or your loved one with the beauty of the garden including the scent of allspice leaves, blooming flowering trees, birds, butterflies and much more while enjoying a guided tour of the Garden and a delicious lunch.
About Horticulture Therapy Program
Horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.
In the 1940s and 1950s, rehabilitative care of hospitalized war veterans significantly expanded acceptance of the practice. No longer limited to treating mental illness, HT practice gained in credibility and was embraced for a much wider range of diagnoses and therapeutic options. Today, HT is accepted as a beneficial and effective therapeutic modality. It is widely used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational, and community settings. (Source www.ahta.org)
HT Program for Individuals Living with Alzheimer's
For more information and to participate in the Plants and People Program for Individuals Living with Alzheimer's, please click here.
HT Program for Children with Autism
For more information and to participate in the Plants and People Program for Children with Autism, please click here.