Therapeutic Horticulture

The Healing Elements of Nature

Cape Fear Botanical Garden provides individuals of all abilities a meaningful way to connect to the natural world through programs that are tailored to the group’s goals. Participants learn new ways to engage in exercise, manage stress, communicate and build self-confidence while enjoying the peacefulness of the Garden’s tranquil setting. Accessible raised beds, containers, adaptable tools and resources are provided to enhance each experience.
Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville and Service Source of North Carolina currently participate in the benefits of indoor and outdoor therapeutic horticulture programs where they learn new skills, explore our sensory-filled Garden, and give back to the community through creative art and garden projects.
Therapeutic Horticulture Planting

Warrior, Spouse and Family Reset Programs

Our partnership with the USO of North Carolina enables several hundred military members, their spouses and families an opportunity to participate in therapeutic horticulture and nature-based outdoor activities in the Garden. The “Reset” Programs focus on providing comprehensive health, nutrition, and fitness information to build resiliency and develop coping techniques for those facing the challenges and pressures of a military lifestyle. Through the Garden’s restorative benefits, participants engage in activities to help reduce everyday stress, encourage peer interaction, and re-energize for healthier living. Activities include planting and harvesting in the Heritage Garden, preparing healthy snacks; creating mini-gardens or nature art; and teaming up to compete in treasure hunts and challenges. Plenty of time is available to relax and reflect around the fire pit or enjoy a peaceful walk in the forest.
To participate, visit the USO of NC program website.

Intro to Horticulture: Hope Grows

An inspirational program offered each spring and fall season. Created specifically for wounded, injured or transitioning veterans, this six-week series offers therapeutic gardening practices through adaptable hands-on classes designed to heal, inspire and restore. Students learn to create raised beds, garden art and support structures; grow, tend and nurture plants; and share experiences and inspirations through journaling. Students also give back to the community by harvesting produce to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina and volunteering to help with Garden events. Class experiences are linked to life skills and provide students the time to grow, learn and appreciate the therapeutic benefits of working in the Garden.
Our “Vets in the Garden Day” program offers a one-day experience to volunteer, share and learn more!
To participate, Wounded Warrior Project Alumni should contact the Wounded Warrior Project – Fayetteville.
Horticulture Therapy
Tiger Lily
We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and partners who help make these programs possible:
Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Wesley A. Meredith Horticulture Education Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County Center
United Service Organizations (USO) of North Carolina
Wounded Warrior Project of Fayetteville
National Garden Bureau Growing for Futures Therapeutic Garden Grant
For more information about these Garden programs and future dates, please contact Amy Stidham, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager.
If you are interested in additional information about Horticultural Therapy, please visit  American Horticultural Therapy Association.