Invite Sensory and Hands-on Engagement with Nature
Gardens provide restorative and therapeutic benefits galore, and even more so in healthcare and social service settings. But do your residents, patients and staff interact with your garden as much as they might? Do they know which flowers smell good and which herbs to rub and sniff?
Where hands-on gardening is encouraged, people may need permission to water a thirsty plant, pick a flower or harvest a few beans. Signs are a valuable communication tool, especially when the garden is open more hours than you can be there to facilitate activities.
Reach more participants
Inspire sensory delight & wonder
Encourage independent garden care
"The first thing I noticed was the clear instructions, short concise wording, a great picture that says what the words say, and the URL for more information. I like that!”
— Sara, High School Teacher
"The signs show people what they can do to slow down, pay attention and be present without any kind of coaching, coaxing or companionship needed. So simple they run the gamut of ages.”
— Tara, Therapeutic Garden Programmer
"These signs are perfect for giving people permission to do things in the garden, and for getting more people out there and involved. You're buying a whole program!"
— Carol, Gardener
The sensory and hands-on activities these garden signs encourage are deceptively simple. The benefits of engaging with nature can be life-changing for the health of individuals, communities and our living earth.
You know that friend of yours who loves to show off their flower garden? They'll love this unique gift: 9 plant tags to hang on their flowering plants. These garden signs spark conversation and invite participation. What a blooming good idea!
A 24-page PDF instruction booklet is included with every order of signs. The booklet is chock-full of useful tips on how to use the signs in your garden and how to lead therapeutic garden programming with the signs.
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Five types of nature-based programming are described here, with examples from three countries.
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