Any physical limitation can be overcome by the able gardener, and this book is a real help. It is not only a "how to" book, but is a real world, "can do" book. It is difficult for any author to ttry to cover all that can or needs to be said about gardening, but this book will be of help to the beginner or intermediate gardener. Yeomans covers such areas as mail-order surces, compost, mulch, indoor container gardening, raised beds, starting seeds, beneficial insects, companion plants, plant to touch and plants to listen to, and even drying flowers with your microwave.
This book is exactly what it claims to be -- a practical guide for disabled and elderly gardeners. This book is very thorough, containing information on all aspects of gardening such as garden layout for accessibility and function, tool selection, container gardening, water gardening, plant selection, pest control, and even good tips on watering. This book isn't just for disabled and elderly gardeners, but is for everyone! It has some excellent ideas for gardening in limited spaces -- ideal for gardeners who may not be physically limited, but instead, limited by space. Each activity is packed with tips and how-to's, as well as plenty of plant information. This book is a compilation of work by members of the Society for Horticultural Therapy.
"Simply put, working with plants satisfies both the body and the soul," says author Janeen Adil. She writes this book as an effort to bring the pleasures of gardening to everyone, regardless of age or type of physical disability. Adil outlines numerous gardening aspects, such as accessible paths and ramps, construction materials, accessible garden designs, tools, plants and materials selections, and more. She even includes neat tidbits on bulb forcing, container gardening, organic gardening, pest control, and a section on children's gardening.
This is a publication of the Accessible Landscapes Project taht involves a series of focus group sessions with those who have experience with disability. Chapter titles include Disability, Designing for Inclusion, Inclusive Paths and Plazas, Inclusive Furniture, and Creating a Planted Environment. Concepts are accompanied by sketches in this unique, dynamic publication. The Accessible Landscapes Project welcomes collaboration with interested individuals and organizations; call Philip Evans (415) 338-1568; E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by a psychotherapist, this book uses the garden as a metaphor for self-exploration and natural healing. The stages of a garden from digging to harvest are described with explorations of the meaning of that activity to the individual's development. The concept of Mind Gardens or visualized gardens is carried throughout as a tool for striving toward wholeness.
Written for people with disabilities and older adults, this book provides information on the best tools and techniques to make gardening easier. It includes easy-to-follow diagrams for wheelchair-accesible raised beds, paths, and more. The author, Gene Rothert, HTR, is Manager of Urban Horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he also oversees their Enabling Garen for People with Disabilities and other horticultural outreach programs. Currently president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, he is a frequent writer and speaker on the physical and mental benefits of gardening.
This unique gardening book is a blend of self-help psychology, gardening techniques and fitness\exercise\diet programming. At the very least, it presents a new way to treat activities in the garden, including the way they influence muscles and the best way to accomplish the activities. It discusses ideas such as stretching exercises prior to compost turning. The chapter on visualization techniques as an aid in gardening your way to a slimmer, healthier, happier person is based on numerous books on reaching goals through visualizing them already accomplished.
This is a resourceful guide for garden therapy, beginning with a simple account of the garden's role in human life and proceeding through several levels of horticultural therapy programming. Do not let first glances at this thin, paperback book deceive you into thinking it's not helpful! It contains a wealth of information presented in readable, illustrated tables that are easily understood. Although written and published in Canada, the resources chapter has many U.S. listings for further information or program support.
This publication presents facts and commentary on a wide range of products that can make life easier and bring greater independence. Practical advice is given on subjects including improving the soil, making compost, making the garden accessible and labor saving, dealing with pests, gardening in the greenhouse, pruning, and safety. This book includes specifically manufactured equipment, everyday consumer products, and 'do-it-yourself' ideas. A bibliography of useful related publications is provided, and there are many black and white illustrations throughout.
Written as an instruction manual, this book is a very handy guide for developing and instituting a small horticulture program for seniors or disabled individuals. This book outlines weekly activities for directing a year-long gardening program. It features plant selections, handy drawings, and fun activities for gardeners of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, this book was written in the United Kingdom, so plant and vendors lists within the book are not convenient for the United States audience. The author, Chris Underhill, is founder and director of the Society for Horticultural Therapy and Rural Training, and brings many years of experience to his authorship. Audrey Cloet is a teacher, avid gardener, and editor for the Society's magazine Growth Point.
This book by Charles Lewis delves into the psychological, sociological, and physiological responses of people to plants in urban and forest settings. Lewis also addresses HT programs in hospitals, geriatric centers, drug rehabilitation programs, and correctional institutions. In this book, he examines people-plant interaction from two perspectives: participatory (an individual is involved in planting and maintaining plants) and observational (an individual bears no responsibility for the plants), using the latest and best research.
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This handbook covers topics from planting and crafts to vocational and sensory training. It has colorful photographs and layout, technical illustrations, and black and white demonstration photos.
This book is by a well-known Canadian H.T.M. that contains detailed information for both novice and veteran therapists with chapters on diagnosis, therapeutic application, medication, plants and environment, tools, resources, and year-round projects for populations, with specialized needs. Twenty years of the author's life experiences are incorporated in this volume to guide in setting up a thriving horticultural therapy program.
"In this [book] you will find articles on garden designs to enhance the horticultural therapy experiences of older adults, descriptions of existing horticultural therapy programs for older adults, and new research to evaluate the effectiveness of horticultural therapy with this population."
Also included in this book are results of a survey among registered members of AHTA working with the older adult population and an extensive bibliography which "attempts to include the most relevant publications to persons involved with horticultural therapy programs or research on older adults."
This book provides general principles and technical details for the design and management of outdoor space for the elderly and disabled. It considers aspects of public open areas; the grounds of residential accomodations for the elderly or disabled; sheltered housing; and the private garden, including broad concepts, such as access and safety, and detailed suggestions, such as plantings for physical pleasure and minimal exertion.
Here is the latest rearch on the unique topic of relationships between people and the plants in their environments. People-Plant Relationships proposes than an understanding of the psychological, physiological, and social responses of people to plants can play a significant role in improved physical and mental health for both individuals and communities. Contributing authors, from both industry and academic worlds, present ongoing and proposed research from the U.S. and Hawaii, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. The book identifies research priorities and methods by which horticulturists can work with social scientists and others to more fully understand and utilize people-plant relationships for the betterment of society.
Because it covers a broad array of information, People-Plant Relationships is of interest to those in many specialized fields, including horticulture, social science, architecture, horticultural therapy, corrections, gerontology, and horticultural product and service marketing. Among the host of topics examined are American women and their gardens, people-plant relations in other countries, home horticulture and lyme disease, Southeast Asian food plants, indoor plants and pollution reduction, new crops production, plants and therapy, and the corparate garden.
Formally the Horticultural Supervisor at the Transport Accident Commission's Rehabilitation Centre in Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia, Allan provides a personal and practical approach on introducing horticulture to prople with disabilities, offering advice from his fifteen years' experience with the Commission. Horticultural therapy is described as a complex vocation that needs an understanding of the skills of horticulture, psychology, sociology, and anatomy. Allan's book also includes tips on modifying basic tools for all people, regardless of disability. (Review provided by D.E. Aldous, Ph.D., University of Melbourne, Burnley College, Australia.)
The aim of this volume, and of the first-of-its-kind symposium at its origin, is to bring the reader a survey of Human Issues in Horticulture. Through a multi-disciplinary approach involving researchers in the fine arts, sociology, psychology, urban planning, forestry, environmental psychology, history, and the horticulture community, the authors develop an overview of how plants affect people and explore diverse opportunities for research and acquistion of knowledge. This wealth of interrelated material will interest all plants professionals and also amateurs, such as Master Gardeners, who through their horticultural activities contribute to society.
PLAE stands for Project Play and Learning in Adaptable Environments. PLAE, Inc. is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization, and this book was developed through a partnership between PLAE and the USDA Forest Service. "Universal design" refers to recreation strategies that accommodate the needs of all individuals, ensuring that everyone has access to America's great outdoors. It is a response to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. One of the reasons outdoor recreation environments have lagged in providing accessibility to people of all abilities has been the lack of technical specifications on how to design accessible facilities in outdoor settings. This book provides those specifications, concentrating on both physical and program access. (Reviewed by Mary Ellen Lloyd, Montgomery Master Gardener.)