A time-tested practice
Horticultural therapy is a time-tested practice of using plants and gardening tasks to support the recovery of patients of all ages. Research shows that therapeutic gardens actually improve clinical outcomes, often helping patients to leave the hospital faster, take less pain medication, and suffer fewer complications.
Gardening also puts patients in a caregiver role, boosting their self-confidence and sense of purpose with experience in problem-solving, work adjustment, social interaction and communication. And of course, a tranquil garden setting is a boon not just to patients but to their families and visitors, and to hospital staff.