EDUCATING ~ CONNECTING ~ ENGAGING ~ NURTURING ~ REVITALIZING ~ COLLABORATING ~ INSPIRING
By Michelle Furrer Marquez
When was the last time you attended a conference, lecture, workshop or class with other Horticultural Therapists or HT enthusiasts? I hope the answer is sometime in the past few months (at the most). When you regularly participate in such programs there is a big payoff. You may not always see all the same people, but you will begin to recognize faces, learn about other HT's journeys, make personal connections and take away successful tools and ideas that you can use or adapt for your own practice. By surrounding yourself with like-minded professionals, you will find ways to recharge your motivational and creative battery.
While attending the annual Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network’s conference on Staten Island at Snug Harbor, I had the pleasure of listening to keynote Patricia Schrieber reflect on her 30+ years of working on a myriad of community greening projects in various roles at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
She began her presentation by asking the crowd of (mostly) horticultural therapists what communities they belonged to. People began to call out ways in which they grouped themselves and before we knew it the large piece of chart paper was filled with various types of communities most of us find ourselves part of in our daily lives.
My questions to you are these:
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