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Horticultural Therapy

This garden at a hospital features a gardening therapy program for patients in rehabilitation.

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gardening is adapted for folks with disabilities
Photo 2 of 4For a person with a physical disability, a garden can often be adapted so that he or she can still garden with ease.

Adapting a Garden (2 of 4)

Solid paths can be made to accommodate wheelchairs, and raised beds can make a vegetable garden a pleasure for chair-bound individuals. Raised beds that are about 30" to 36" tall are a good choice. Typically, beds that can be accessed from at least three sides can be about two arm-lengths deep and still be fully accessible. Raised beds that can be accessed from only one side should be shallower (about one arm-length deep) so the gardener can reach in and work the entire bed without stretching.

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