Healing our heroes at home.
Healing our heroes at home begins with the entire family. We understand the medical needs of the wounded veteran and then put the family first in creating a custom garden. Each member of the family contributes to a garden design that combines therapeutic features while incorporating personal preferences for layout, color, plant selection, materials and more. The end result is a garden that has the power to heal and holds meaning for every family member.
Nominate a wounded, ill or injured veteran or their family/caregiver. If you fit into one of these categories, please feel free to nominate yourself.
Our gardens are developed from evidence-based design guidelines. Working with a horticulture therapist, the families understand how each feature of the garden can contribute to the healing process. The result is a garden that first and foremost is designed for healing. Then, the family builds on these features to create a custom designed garden. Together with the family, we explore imagery and emotional connections to collage a design board that reflects their ideal garden. Blending evidence-based design guidelines and the ideal garden, we create a design that is unique to each military family.
INSTALLATION, TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE
From installation to maintenance, each family member is an active participant. Families receive hands-on instruction and a training guide so they understand how to care for their garden. Our garden partners and volunteers play leadership roles in ensuring that families are supported and get the most out of their gardens.
With each new garden, we build on our understanding of how our veterans are being healed through horticulture. The participating families play a vital role in sharing their experiences, reporting on their progress and working with our researchers to advance the field of horticulture therapy. Using state-of-the-art methodologies, we track outcomes and then collaborate with leaders on next-generation holistic therapies.
The experience of therapeutic gardening is one that can be shared among participating families and their communities. We engage local community members, including veterans groups, garden clubs, scouts, civic groups and university extensions to support our families and identify other military families that can benefit from horticulture therapy.