Fayetteville, NC – Cape Fear Botanical Garden (CFBG) announces the receipt of a grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. for the 2017- 2018 year. The grant will be used to fund the Therapeutic Horticulture program at CFBG. CFBG will partner with other organizations such as NC Cooperative Extension, Wesley A. Meredith (FTCC) Horticulture Education Center, Wounded Warrior Project, and USO of NC to provide restorative therapeutic benefits to individuals throughout the community.

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager Amy Stidham will provide a variety of workshops and programs for veterans, service organizations, and individuals of differing abilities. Utilizing her Horticultural Therapy training from Chicago Botanic Garden, Mrs. Stidham will create each program to focus on the goals of each group, adapting for abilities to ensure a unique and lasting experience.

For nearly four years, the successful adaptive gardening series, “Intro to Horticulture: Hope Grows,” has provided an innovative program designed to mentor and teach wounded, injured, or transitioning veterans and improve their overall well-being. All hands-on activities and a variety of creative team-based projects encourage Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project to grow beyond their circumstances and find new hope and inspiration in their lives.

Local organizations including Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville and Service Source of North Carolina also partner with CFBG to benefit from the support of the grant. Each program is focused on the goals of the group or individuals, adjusting for abilities. Members experience the restorative nature of the garden, create projects filled with sensory stimulating sounds, texture and fragrance, and grow in their confidence, skills and abilities, and socialization with peers. CFBG’s partnership with USO of NC’s Warrior, Spouse and Family Reset Programs supports current Service members and their families. Participants enjoy the natural beauty and restorative effects of CFBG through energetic hikes, creative natural art projects, gardening activities and outdoor nature challenges which allow participants to relax, reconnect, and become resilient.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden is especially grateful to the grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. that makes it possible to provide purposeful and inspirational therapeutic programs to the community.