BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abby Jaroslow, HTR
NY - Anne Meore, LMSW, HTR
PA - Patti Loughridge, HTA
NJ - OPEN
Elections & Awards
Mandy Swope-Joos, HTR
Pam Young, HTR;
MAHTN Extends a Heartfelt Welcome to the Following
We look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming MAHTN event!
Happy New Year MAHTN members,
As the flurry of holiday and end of year activities have come and gone, 2018 is here to stay. Another year, filled with planning, planting and supporting our programs and the individuals we serve, presents itself. We are tasked with making ever more connections between people and plants and supporting our constituents through their healing, growing, learning, meditative, rehabilitative or any of the myriad of journeys they’re traveling.
While January may find us with a little more time on our hands (due to our gardens being in winter hibernation), we are able to devote that “extra” time to the therapy side of our work. It’s a great time to do creative or academic research, learn about or create new HT activities, catch up on paperwork, start new initiatives, write grant proposals and remember why we do this work. It’s also a time to reach out to your MAHTN colleagues and catch up on MAHTN news and business.
If you’re reading this newsletter, it means you’ve renewed for the 2018 membership year and you’ve received the new password, giving you access to the “members only” section of the website. Keep an eye out there and in your email for correspondence and information from your Board of Directors. We will be seeking your input on a number of new initiatives we have in the works for 2018. In brief, these may include and are not limited to:
Of course, the member benefits you’ve come to count on will still be available. MAHTN will continue to provide you with access to:
I’m happy to welcome our newest BOD Member-At-Large, Gwenn Fried, manager of the HT program at NYU Langone Medical Center. We would like to bring on two or three additional BOD members in the next two months, so please reach out to me if you think you may be interested in working with us (students are encouraged to become active with MAHTN).
Our next member meeting will be our Second Annual Horticultural Therapy Week celebration and presentation at the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 24th. Watch for more information about this as the date approaches.
I am writing this as I wait to see what tomorrow’s winter storm brings in the way of cold temperatures and snow accumulations. With that in mind, I wish each of you a safe and warm winter ahead.
Abby Jaroslow, HTR
Letter from the Editor:
Like the plants in our garden that have now fallen into winter's dormancy, slow your pace and take some time to reflect on your HT achievements from 2017 and ponder what lies ahead for you. May this winter edition inspire you in your HT practice, your research and ideas for your garden.
In our minds we each could conjure up a snapshot of a gorgeous garden. The image I imagine might be very different from the Kodak moment in your head. As we peruse the seed catalogs in the coming month, which will entice us with superfluous descriptions and glossy photographs. Remember that they describe plants, not gardens. And as HT's we don't just plant, weed and garden.... It isn't about the glossy color pictures from magazines or some complicated gardening technique.
As horticultural therapists and practitioner's we do more then just garden....our programs connect people to plants in a way that brings, hope, meaning, recovery, good health and are educational. As Louis Armstrong once said in a song, "I see trees of green, red roses too and I see them bloom for me and for you, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world."
May you see how your HT work brings light to others and may you be richly blessed both in and outside of your garden in 2018!
Pam Young, HTR
Attention HT Students!
By Mandy Swope-Joos, HTR
Part of MAHTN’s mission is to promote the awareness and acceptance of horticultural therapy through education. Later this month, scholarship applications will be sent to the program directors of horticultural therapy educational programs in our region including DelVal, NYBG, Rutgers, and Temple. The directors are asked to distribute scholarship applications to their students. If you are an educator or a student, be sure to keep an eye out for the revised application forms coming your way.
The MAHTN Board of Directors recently created a rubric through which applicants can be more consistently and fairly evaluated. Students must live in the Mid-Atlantic region, be enrolled in a college level program, and be pursuing horticultural therapy as a profession. Factors such as grades, experience and career goals will be considered.
The winner of the scholarship receives a check to be put toward tuition or internship expenses. Also included are one free year of membership in MAHTN and complimentary admission to the MAHTN Conference in fall of this year. Applications are due April 1st so don’t miss out! For questions contact Mandy Swope-Joos.
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Come Grow with MAHTN in 2018
YOUR organization provides the opportunity for you to take time to invest in professional development, explore innovative local HT programs, and engage in networking opportunities with a supportive community of colleagues. MAHTN affords members access and information to conferences, research updates, quarterly newsletters, job/internship postings, mentoring opportunities, and so much more.
Thank you for your membership for 2018! We welcome and look forward to your continued participation this year. Your dues enable us to support MAHTN's mission of promoting the practice of horticultural therapy across the Mid-Atlantic region.
By Pam Young, HTR
Don’t be one of the 70% of people that set a new year’s resolution and break them by the end of January. Resolutions are complicated and being able to achieve them usually requires taking a hard look at our thoughts and behaviors. As horticultural therapists or aspiring horticultural therapists, let’s call the way we reflect on the year ahead as “Garden Aspirations for HT in 2018”. So where will the winds of transformation take you in 2018? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
First plant three rows of peas
Next, plant three rows of squash:
Then, three rows of lettuce:
Let us be faithful
Let us be unselfish
Let us be truthful
Finally no garden is complete without turnips:
Turn up with a smile
Turn up with new ideas
Turn up with determination to make everything count for something good and wonderful.
Author Unknown-Submitted by Lois Veale
Caring for your Marimo is simple...
Follow these steps:
One part mysterious, the other part charming, this is an interesting and unique HT programming idea and might be fitting to introduce around Valentine’s Day as the folklore surrounding this stems from love-the Romeo and Juliet kind. The allure stems from Marimo moss balls which might resemble fuzzy dog toys but are actually a rare form of spherical algae that are worth knowing about. Marimo translates to “ball seaweed’ in English. And that’s exactly what they are, solid balls of algae growing very slowly outward that live for 100 or more years.
Not only do they make great heirlooms to pass down, but also they are believed to mend relationships. According to Japanese folklore, when a tribal chief forbade his daughter and her lover to be together, the star-crossed pair consequently fell into the water where their hearts became Marimo balls. As an extension of this folk tale, Marimos are considered the “love plant” in Japan because the algae are believed to be able to see true love. Whether you believe this lore or not, all you need is one touch of the plush, velvety surface to get hooked.
Marimo balls are unique as a decorative element displayed in a vessel with colored gravel and small shells. Use a vase that tapers at the top and place an air plant at the top of the vase. This addition adds another layer of HT programming and education.
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