“We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside and experience the beauty of nature. Horticultural therapy gives the girls a chance to connect with nature in a meaningful and productive way. The sensory experience of getting their hands dirty, smelling and touching plants and flowers, and feeling the sunshine is both relaxing and healing.
Starting seeds, planting and tending vegetable gardens, and using fresh vegetables in the kitchen can help girls understand where food comes from and encourage healthy eating. Flower arranging, cutting and drying herbs, and eating jam from strawberries picked by hand give girls a sense of accomplishment, encourages creativity, and develops skills and interests. While she is at Uinta, each girl benefits from regular horticultural activities through participation in the bi-monthly horticultural therapy group and involvement in planning, planting, and tending vegetable, herb and flower gardens. Our certified horticultural therapist plans and facilitates all horticultural groups and activities.
Uinta has inspired my heart and given me a safe home to live in. They always watch out for me and others and know what their needs are.