Horticulture Therapy Program at Penny Lane

Horticultural Therapy is a complementary therapy which uses plants and gardening to promote health and wellness. This holistic therapy is rooted in principle that plants and people share the rhythm of life. Both plants and people grow and change and respond to nurture and climate. Participants will find that as they tend their plants and gardens, they will also tend their body, mind and spirit. 

Professional horticultural therapists from the North Carolina Botanical Gardens will plan and conduct activity sessions at The UNC Farm at Penny Lane to help participants achieve the following benefits:

•   Physical health through purposeful exercise (level determined by ability), fresh air, learning about nutrition, practicing healthy eating.

•   Emotional health through stress reduction, connection to nature, creative expression, successful outcomes with plants.

•   Social health through social interaction, cooperative enterprise, community building.

•   Learning new skills in horticulture and related fields to promote vocational and leisure opportunities.

Activities at the Penny Lane may include: Growing and maintaining plants; plant propagation; working in the garden and greenhouse; cooking with fresh produce; working with aromatic herbs and flowers; making products with plants, herbs and flowers; and learning about horticulture, nutrition, and the natural sciences. Specific activities will be determined by participant’s interest and ability. 

Clients and Volunteers should wear clothes  that you don’t mind getting dirty and apply sunscreen. Water will be available; you are welcome to bring snacks.

When:  Spring Session  Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Transportation: will be provided from Carr Mill Mall. The van will leave from CVS  Pharmacy at 11:10 a.m..and return following the program.  If you have transportation, arrive at the farm by 11:30 a.m. The group will conclude at 1:00. p.m.  Transportation contact:  Karen Frye at

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