Inspire Sensory Delight and Hands-on Participation!
Gardens provide restorative and therapeutic benefits galore, and even more so in healthcare and social service settings. But do your garden visitors 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 beans. Signs are a valuable communication tool, especially since it's likely the garden is open more hours than you can be there to facilitate activities.
Reach more participants
Offer more nature engagement
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, Horticultural Therapist Garden Assistant & CHTA Administrator
"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 they provide can be life-changing for the health of individuals, communities and our living earth.
Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon is making therapeutic gardens a top priority for reducing staff stress and fatigue and for encouraging staff to take regular breaks in the garden near their unit. Legacy Health's interdisciplinary garden design process and their randomized controlled trials are leading the way for other hospitals.