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Somerset Mental Health Center Kicks off “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies”

Somerset Mental Health Center Kicks off “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies”

Anew Wellness specializing in innovative approaches to mental health, is excited to announce Summer of Wellness Program, “Health Minds, Healthy Bodies”, featuring Horticultural Therapy with Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC. Anew Wellness is committed to innovative approaches to create a path to wellness for individuals and families experiencing mental and behavioral challenges for adults and adolescents. A Kick-off reception will be held Tuesday June 27th, 1:00 to 3:00, 270 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, featuring special guests New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman R-16th District.

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Applications Now Available for Therapeutic Garden Grants

DOWNERS GROVE, IL (April 25, 2017) – In 2017, National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are partnering to provide $5,000 in grant money to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is a leader in breeding vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. They are committed to supporting organizations throughout North America to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives.

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Featured in the News- Laura DePrado honored with Chairman's Award

Laura DePrado of Branchburg in Somerset County, NJ, and president of Final Touch Plantscaping LLC received the Chairman's Award from the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly at the State Capitol, here, during celebration of Horticultural Therapy Week New Jersey. The award was presented by Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak (D-1), chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, at the display showcasing horticultural therapy in Goldfinch Square.

Read more about Laura DePrado and the Chairman Award, here!


Featured in the News - A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

The Horticultural Therapy program at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab in Atlanta has been featured in the news! Check out some recent television interviews:

GardenSMART features A.G. Rhodes

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Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships 2017

2017 Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships are available for the undergraduate students who are studying in the fields of horticulture or related fields such as landscape architecture or horticultural therapy. 

Scholarship: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships
Eligibility: Undergraduate students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award: $12,500(For Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship) and $9500 (For Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship)
Application Link: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships

Urban Nature's Effects and Monetary Valuation

The Norwegian Institute of Nature research has published a report (NINA report 1278) titled Urban Nature’s Effects and Monetary Valuation: A Systematic Review by X. Chen. This paper provides an analysis that estimate the monetary value of urban nature’s health effects. It is quite a challenging task considering the diverse ways nature provides benefits for the human condition, and the question of quantifying the data. The information the author shares provides evidence helpful in justifying therapeutic horticulture program development and in larger issues of landscape design and urban planning. Read the full report here.

Healing Wounds of War through Horticultural Therapy: An Interview

U.S. Army Sargent Bob Andrzejczak, wounded in 2008 in Iraq, describes how his injuries led him to horticultural therapy. Currently, as chairman of the NJ Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee, he is now in a position to advocate in the New Jersey state government for New Jersey Horticultural Therapy Week. Read the full article here.