Therapeutic Gardening boxes are located at various residential care facilities throughout the community. The 3’ x 3’ outdoor garden boxes have been designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the people using the garden as well as their caregivers, family members and friends. The box can be used as an activity tool to provide the residents physical exercise and the resultant benefits achieved.
Modesto Garden Club Therapeutic Garden volunteers encourage the management of the facilities to get their residents involved in the care, maintenance and planting of the garden box. Our therapeutic gardening creed is that gardening can improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills of individuals regardless of age or disability.
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include:
- Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
- Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
- The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
- Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’