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Gardening – Hands On

Intended Audience

All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Let’s get growing! In this extensive gardening series, you are invited to discover (or accentuate) your green thumb and unearth the deep well of joy that comes from planting, nurturing, and watching things blossom and grow. We offer informative sessions on annuals and perennials; vegetables and herbs; seeds, soils and fertilizers; indoor and outdoor growing, and harvesting your bounty. You can even learn how to make a flower arrangement and how to prepare your trees, shrubs and perennials for the fall and winter. Then move on to other plant and gardening pursuits while there is snow on the ground.

Benefits and Impact

Aside from benefits of creating and nourishing beautiful plants and flower, experts say gardening can boost your immune system, reduce stress, build self-esteem, create the calm of mindfulness, and boost your overall state of well-being. In the case of gardening programs that include coming together with other garden enthusiasts, the benefits are amplified to include connection, comradery and the joy that comes with being a part of a vibrant community.

What to Expect at a Session

Each season you can choose from a variety of topics, which might include some instruction and education, some demonstrations (in person and online), some opportunities to plant together, and plenty of fun garden banter. The leader will invite questions and offer information specific to your interests and your growing zone.

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