EDUCATING ~ CONNECTING ~ ENGAGING ~ NURTURING ~ REVITALIZING ~ COLLABORATING ~ INSPIRING
By Peg Schofield
There’s nothing like a 22-inch snowstorm to remind us that we have no control over Mother Nature. We endure, we survive, but we certainly don’t control, nature’s forces. Since we are horticulturalists, we completely understand our unique dilemma – working to control the uncontrollable, to have plants thrive and gardens grow. The winter, of course, is a rest time from our outside garden chores. It’s like the earth and all of us take a collective deep breath and exhale out. A time to browse the seed catalogs and garden magazines to imagine the new directions our gardens, and our lives, will take in the Spring.
The real mystery is how our plant world can so impact the lives of those we serve as horticultural therapists. Let’s concentrate on what we can control – creative programming, leadership roles as HT professionals, and above all, showing kindness and caring to all our populations. The mystery of HT is that it works! It’s just hard to prove, because it’s hard to measure self-confidence, creativity, and joy.
Coming up on March 19th is our next MAHTN meeting at GreenWorks Farm in North Wales, PA. Bette Walters is building a new, exciting, vocational HT program using hydroponic growing methods. Joy and success have already been nurtured and achieved there. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what her vision, passion, and heart have created in a modest greenhouse setting.
In addition, I’d like to welcome to the MAHTN board the following new members:
Patti Loughridge – VP PA
Bette Walters – Treasurer
Mona Gold & Michelle Furrer Marquez – Programs, co-chairs
Appointed by the President for one year “At large” positions:
Megan Fainsinger – NJ
Elle Lobatto – NY
Mandy Joos – PA
Thank you all for stepping up to take on leadership roles and to bring your creativity, passion, and heart to MAHTN I look forward to seeing you all this year.