Voting is now open for the National Garden Bureau’s (NGB) 2023 Therapeutic Garden Grant. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to visit the NGB website and vote for the most deserving therapeutic garden based on the videos seen at https://ngb.org/therapeutic-garden-grant-voting/.
Started in 2014, the Therapeutic Garden Grant is a philanthropic program of NGB that supports therapeutic gardens across North America. In 2023, the National Garden Bureau, American Meadows, Ball Horticultural Company, and Sakata Seed America are partnering to provide $7,500 in grant money to be split between five therapeutic gardens in North America.
The first-place winner of the online voting will receive $3,000 from the program to enhance the garden’s good works and continue its mission. Second place will receive $1,500, and the three runner-ups will receive $1,000 each to continue their garden’s mission.
After reviewing all applications submitted for the 2023 Therapeutic Garden Grant, NGB has narrowed the list of finalists to five therapeutic gardening programs. Those gardens are:
Care Plus Horticultural Therapy
The program at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is designed for adult residents with multiple & complex challenges that require a regular regimen of care and attention by qualified health professionals.
Edgerton Hospital Healing Garden
Edgerton Hospital and Health Services has maintained a 3-acre healing garden for 12 years with the intent to provide both passive and active horticulture engagement for patients, staff, visitors, and the public.
Insight Garden Program
Insight Garden Program’s mission is to facilitate innovative gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to themselves, the community, and the natural world.
Skyland Trail Horticultural Therapy
The mission of Skyland Trail is to help individuals recover from mental illness and live independent and successful lives in the community, and one of the key programs to achieve this is horticultural therapy,
UT Gardens Horticultural Therapy
The University of Tennessee (UT) Gardens is a 10-acre garden utilized by students and the community. This horticultural therapy program launched in 2012 and has served over 9,000 people since.
The online voting can be accessed at https://ngb.org/therapeutic-garden-grant-voting/ until September 30, 2023. Before voting, be sure to view the videos created by the five finalists explaining their impactful horticulture therapy programs.