Local growers and designers team up for grief therapy with flowers

The creative aspect of assembling flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors as part of a collaborative effort among local flower growers and designers who aimed to provide grief support for about 20 attendees at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford.

Tom and Sarah Precht, owners of Grateful Gardeners, an organic cut flower farm in Boyds, Maryland, said they were contacted by Megan Wakefield, owner of Walking Wild Herbs Farm in Shepherdstown, West Virginia with the idea and they teamed up to make it happen.

The Prechts’ mission, he said, is to grow flowers and share them for a good cause. So, they reached out to Capital Caring, a hospice and palliative care charity serving Virginia, Maryland and D.C., to bring together flower growers and designers with people in need of grief support.

Monica Delaney, a grief counselor with Capital Caring said she thought the event was a creative way to provide grief support to people struggling with loss.

“We like to offer some interesting activities for people when it comes to grief,” she said. “We use art, coffee groups, and other ways. Gardening and growing are great ways to show people how you can appreciate something for the time we have it. That is an important component to grief.”

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