Cape Fear Botanical Garden received a $10,000 grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Fayetteville, NC – June 8th, 2017

The Therapeutic Horticulture program at Cape Fear Botanical Garden has been growing since 2014, providing a variety of workshops and programs for veterans, service organizations, and individuals of differing abilities. A recent award of a generous grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. will help the Garden provide restorative therapeutic benefits to many more individuals.

Every program is focused on the goals of the group or individual, adjusted and enhanced for a truly beneficial experience for each person. Funded by the Hudspeth Endowment, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager Amy Stidham, recently completed her coursework for Horticulture Therapy Certification at Chicago Botanic Garden and creates each program to ensure a unique and lasting experience.

Our six-week “Intro to Horticulture: Hope Grows” series is an innovative program designed to mentor and teach wounded, injured, or transitioning veterans gardening skills while practicing life skills. Offering hands-on activities and a variety of creative projects, Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project of Fayetteville are encouraged to grow beyond their circumstances and find new hope and inspiration in their lives.

Current Servicemembers and their families benefit from the natural beauty and restorative effects of the Garden through the USO of North Carolina’s Reset Program. Energetic hikes, creative natural art projects, gardening activities and outdoor nature challenges allow participants to relax, reconnect, and become resilient. The Hudspeth Endowment also provides the Garden the opportunity to provide free programming to other deserving local organizations including the Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville and Service Source of North Carolina.. Adults and children with a variety of abilities enjoy the sensory filled gardens and forest trails, create projects with sounds, texture and fragrance, and share their talents to give back to the Garden and community.

“The Garden is grateful to the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation for these wonderful opportunities to provide rewarding and inspirational therapeutic programs that enhance the lives of so many in our community.” -Amy Stidham