Horticulture Therapy Spruces Up Garden for Fall
The Planters Garden Club joined patients and staff for the annual fall planting day.
The Anna and Hays Mershon Secret Garden is ready for fall, thanks to Shepherd Center’s horticulture therapy program and members of the Planters Garden Club. Patients, staff and volunteers came together for a fall planting day to give the garden a new look for the new season.
“This day allows for patients of Shepherd Center, staff and the Planters Garden Club members come together to make a wonderful difference in so many ways,” Kelly Edens, recreation therapy manager, says. “The Shepherd Center’s Secret Garden gets a face lift with all new annuals being planted by the patients working on their therapeutic goals.”
The Planters Club has joined the horticulture therapy program for the event for the past five years, donating their time, talents and beautiful plants.
Horticulture therapy is a part of Shepherd Center’s recreation therapy program, which is funded by generous donors. Recreation therapy aims to help people with a temporary or permanent disability caused by injury or disease to lead healthy and active lifestyles as independently as possible through the use of recreation activities, providing education, skill development and community reintegration opportunities. To give to the recreation therapy program, visit shepherd.org/give.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.