Public Parks for EveryBODY: Horticultural Therapy in Public Spaces
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353 Hanover Ave,
Morristown NJ 07960
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For those wishing to stay in the area, MAHTN has reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt House Morristown, NJ, at a special rate of $129/nt. plus tax. This rate applies to reservations made prior to Sept. 1st. To reserve a room at this special MAHTN rate, please click here.
Hyatt House Morristown
194 Park Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
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Public Parks for EveryBODY: Horticultural Therapy in Public Spaces
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HORTICULTURAL THERAPY AND PUBLIC PARKS
The first urban public parks to be established in the US were known as Pleasure Grounds. As industrialization changed the nature of urban life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, parks became a feature of the social reform movement, aiming to “improve” the lives of the working class.
Many of these fell into disrepair during the mid-twentieth century, as middle class families fled to the suburbs. More recently, however, urban gentrification and a robust economy have sparked renewed interest in urban parks, restoring them to their original grandeur while adapting them for contemporary cultural interest and diversity.
It is against this backdrop that MAHTN will focus this year’s conference on highlighting the value and relevance horticultural therapy programming can provide to enrich the offerings of public gardens.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Morris County’s majestic 127.48 acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers a serene public landscape with a myriad of horticultural activities, educational programs, garden tours, special events, and a comprehensive collection of botanical literature. Surrounding a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion, the woodlands, meadows, gardens, and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs provide an ideal setting for leisurely enjoyment, horticultural education and scientific exploration.
A recent premier addition to the Arboretum’s programming and garden collection is Morris County’s Community Outreach Horticultural Therapy Program and the Sherer Accessible Garden, designed and managed by Ann Fahey, superintendent of horticultural education.
During the afternoon session, Ann will recount the Morris County Park Commission’s journey to develop a community-based horticultural therapy program in a public setting. She’ll describe how a garden previously used exclusively for demonstration purposes was repurposed into an active site where a vibrant vocational horticultural therapy program now takes place spring through fall.
Patty Cassidy HTR, LLC
"From Challenges to Opportunities: Therapeutic Horticulture in the Portland Memory Garden”
Patty Cassidy, HTR, is president of the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden in Portland, OR. The Portland Memory Garden is specifically designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, and is one of only two such gardens in the U.S. built on public land.
An author and speaker, Patty also serves as a national board member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), and has been awarded that organization’s prestigious Rhea McCandliss Professional Service Award. Her award-winning book, The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors, was published by Anness Books, the largest independent publisher in the U.K., and is available in the U.S. under the Lorenz Books imprint.
Patty combines over 35 years of professional experience as a mental health counselor, educator, Master Gardener, and registered horticultural therapist. Her current work as a horticultural therapist is a natural extension of her training and experience as a counselor and her lifelong love of gardening. “I love being in a profession where I can share my enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge. The natural world is a sacred thing for me—it has the power to keep us afloat in good times and bad.”
Maureen Regan, founder of Green Earth Urban Gardens Inc.
“Urban Agriculture and Community: Forming Sustainable Relationships”
Maureen Regan, founder of Green Earth Urban Gardens Inc, uses public spaces, therapeutic horticulture and nature to connect, feed and heal individuals in her community. She will describe how and why she created a nonprofit organization whose mandate is to “promote social and environmental solutions through urban farming, to benefit the diverse ethnic community including special needs, at risk, underprivileged youth, and the aged populations.”
Green Earth Urban Gardens organizes and runs sustainable programs that address the needs of the community by bringing together a communal garden, an ethnically diverse intergenerational group, small scale farming, and food pantries in Queens, NY.
After receiving an NYBG Horticultural Therapy Certificate, Maureen attended the
Beginning Women Farmers project (Northeast), a program funded by the Beginning
Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (USDA). Later that year, she founded Green Earth Urban Gardens Inc.
Soon after, she went to work with the Queens Botanical Garden creating an
Intergenerational Garden. What began as a transformation of private space, resulted in public conversation on the need to stamp out hunger, using the Intergenerational Garden and a Food Pantry Project as a viable means to address the social and environmental needs of the community.
Maureen wears many hats, including farmer, master composter, and beekeeper. She’s the recipient of numerous civic and community awards for her dedication to sustainable farming, fostering cross-cultural relationships, and teaching entrepreneurial skills. She serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations in Queens including as President of Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association.
PRESENTATION, TOUR & ACTIVITY
Ann Fahey, superintendent of horticultural education, Frelinghuysen Arboretum
“Cultivating HT in a Public Garden”
Ann Fahey, superintendent of horticultural education at Frelinghuysen, will share how she reached into the Morristown community to identify groups that would potentially be interested in participating in monthly horticultural therapy programming at the Arboretum. Frelinghuysen programs are open to all populations in the community, creating unique facilitation obstacles such as coordinating with a variety of outside organizational entities, transportation, funding and staffing. Ann will also discuss the Morris Park Commission’s role in supporting the program.
Ann will lead a tour of the Scherer Garden and attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the many types of horticultural therapy activities appropriate for the populations served there. Scherer Garden volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate a hands-on HT activity in the garden.
The conference will end with an optional tour of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and learn about the history and plants of this historic site. Discover plants that you can use in your horticultural therapy program and see how they grow.