“Delightful to see him up to his elbows in potting soil.”
— family member visiting Plants & Gardens Club at VA Medical Center
Between 1972 and 2011 I spent about 22 years as a therapeutic recreation volunteer with the elderly in skilled nursing facilities. My initial thought was: “we’ve got to find something better than bingo games and birthday parties.” In 1976, I enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Horticulture Department of Michigan State University, and from then on my volunteer work focused on activities with potted plants.
This led to two quests:
- to keep the plants alive, and
- to expand plant-related activities for deeper meaning and more enrichment.
These two quests led directly to the first two projects on this website:
- Green Thumbs for a Cause: A Plant Care Manual for Therapeutic Horticulture Volunteers (the first quest) and
- Plant Morphology: An Activity Program for Use in Therapeutic Recreation, Horticultural Therapy, Adult Education, and Youth Activities (the second quest).
This site serves to promote the completion of these two projects and perhaps add others in the future.
To provide feedback to the originator of this site, send an email to
botanistae06492 (at) gmail.com
(mnemonic: botanist Alan Eddy at zip code 06492).
— Alan Eddy