Monday, July 25, 2011

Horticulture Therapy Provides Peace, Contributions

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- To most people, activities like planting and gardening are regarded as hobbies, distractions or household burdens.

To some, such as residents at Barclay Friends and patients at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, these activities are forms of therapy.

Horticultural therapy, to be exact.

"Gardening is an equalizer," Paula Swearingen, a horticultural therapist at Barclay Friends, said. "It takes away stigmas and social class. Being able to contribute makes people feel worthwhile."

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