BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peg Schofield, HTR
NJ - OPEN
NY - Anne Meore, LMSW, HTR
PA: Patti Loughridge, HTA
Elections and Awards
Janelle Zigon, HTR
Michelle Marquez (NY)
Marsha Stamm Gayl, HTR
Members at Large
Megan Fainsinger – NJ
OPEN – NY
Mandy Swope-Joos, HTR – PA Newsletter Editor
Pam Young, HTR;
As our gardening season continues, so too does MAHTN events. Many thanks go to Anne Meore for hosting a wonderful June MAHTN meeting at the Garden of Hope, in Suffern, NY. Anne’s enthusiasm, professionalism, and good humor, continues to inspire us all. Thanks to all the MAHTN members who braved the dire weather reports to attend this very educational meeting.
We know that site visits like this one are the best way to share program activity ideas, network with colleagues, and “spread the word” about horticultural therapy as a profession. If anyone has a program idea and site to share, please let us know and we can arrange a meeting. We are always looking for meeting sites in the tri-state area.
And now for our next event: the annual MAHTN Conference. We will hold the conference on Friday, October 21, at Medford Leas Retirement Community in Medford, NJ. The conference title is “From the Ground Up…New Pathways to HT”, and will feature inspirational speakers who will help us connect to our communities, to technology, and to better understand how our profession can be made more visible and viable. We are very excited about the line-up of speakers and our opportunity to visit this beautiful campus that is itself an arboretum. The residents of Medford Leas will be showing us their greenhouse and community garden, and we will have the opportunity see the unique resident courtyards and individual gardens that allow the residents to express their individual gardening expertise.
The success of any conference rests on the members that make the effort to attend. Please put this conference day on the top of your list of important things to do this Fall. Consider bringing a friend or work colleague who may want to learn more about our profession. Students at any level can enjoy the day at the student rate. We need to grow this profession and organization immediately in order to survive. Consider nominating yourself or others for positions on the MAHTN Board of Directors. We need new members, new ideas, new ‘blood’, to continue to be the face of Horticultural Therapy in the Mid-Atlantic area.
I look forward to seeing you at the conference in October! Meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy a great Summer season!
Peg Schofield, HTR
Join us on October 21, 2016, at
Medford Leas Retirement Community, Medford, NJ
Nominations and Elections
Please consider joining the board of your organization! If you want to promote your profession and would enjoy a more intimate involvement with a great group of people than being a board member might be right for you!
The following positions are available beginning November 2016 for a two year term of office:
President (Currently serving Peg Schofield)
Vice President, NY (Currently serving Anne Meore )
Vice President, NJ (Currently vacant)
Membership (Currently serving Marsha Stamm Gayl)
On-Line Communications (Currently serving Gerrie Schmidt)
Public Relations (Currently serving Brenda Sullivan)
Elections/Awards (Currently serving Janelle Zigon)
Another way of getting a taste of what board membership feels like is to
become a member-at-large. These positions are appointed to an interested
member on a yearly basis – 1 from each state. Experience not necessary, but enthusiasm and interest are a must!!
To learn more about a position you may be interested in, contact the currently serving officers or board members.
PLEASE RETURN NOMINATION FORMS by August 15, 2016 to Nominations and Elections Chairperson: Janelle Zigon, 1343 Oswald Johnson Rd. Clifford Twp, PA 18441 Janelle@nep.net
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Back in April, my two boys, my niece and my brother's mother-in-law joined me for the CT Cactus and Succulent Society show at Naugatuck Community College. We had a great time perusing the unusual and old specimens that the Society members had put on display for the public's enjoyment. I hope by exposing my children to experiences like the cactus show, they will develop a love of all things botanical. Being as busy as I am, the small tray of plants that I bought at the show sat on my kitchen table for about two months! I finally got around to repotting and having some fun with my new succulent friends when I had a few days off at the end of June. The jeep that now houses the my little succulent collection is courtesy of my sons!
My Horticultural Therapy moments come from finding creative ways to "play" with plants. Not only is it enjoyable in the moment, but truly, every time I walk past the succulent jeep situated in my gazebo, I smile inside and out!
In recent years I have seemed to neglect my own garden; too busy working on others. This past Spring as the cold weather still lingered on through April, I was itching to get out there to clean up my raised vegetable beds and start cool crops. Now with a mobile 2nd Little One at home the task of getting out in the garden is even more challenging. This past spring was a testament to our time in the garden as we spent an hour and a half in the dirt--what a delight he had discovering the nature around us, digging in the soil , putting earth in his mouth, finding sticks and pulling up grass. And how pleased I am to have a 'nature baby'. Marsha
I've been working as a Community Garden Coordinator for 6 years now helping others connect with nature and the joys of growing vegetables. Alas, I've not been able to garden myself due to too many trees but this year is different. The town created a community garden and I have found my happy place! Since this is the first year and there weren't too many takers I have been given 4 spaces in which to grow my summer harvest. I can't wait to go whenever possible
This is a picture taken from my kitchen door April, 2016. I enjoy every season in the garden - it gives me peace and calm - whether it is watching the pollinators in my “summer garden” (especially in the Duranta and Mandevilla yesterday), enjoying the delicate scent of gardenias and the fragrant herbs, entertaining, watching leaves fall as I wash dishes, watching the fox sun themselves on the pool deck in the winter or the first buds start to pop in the spring. Seeing the birds, frogs and other critters (except my nemesis: the groundhog) makes me appreciate that which is right with the world. The fact that the deer let the hibiscus recover after they feast on them intrigues me - a good lesson for all of us to not take more than we need and always give something back. This is truly my happy place. I laugh at myself - long before I ever heard of Horticultural Therapy I called my gardening my therapy!
and I love taking my 23-month-old grandson along with me which guarantees my green beans will never make it home. (He does indeed love his "snacks"!) However, the yellow zucchini and basil are a big hit at home. Next month... heirloom tomatoes! Mmmm!!!
Making an arrangement for a friend and one for me is simple but so relaxing and rewarding. The textures and colors fascinate me and bring such joy!
I am interested in starting a HT program at my home in Chester County, PA. At this point the gardens have been planted and it is a very tranquil location to promote a wellness program which can help alleviate stress and anxiety. I recently hosted an informational event which included a presentation on the use of essential oils and the evening ended with attendees making a lavender sugar scrub. For me, having all of this happen in my garden was a true personal HT moment.