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.
Hope Grows Series
Inspirational programs offered year round created specifically for wounded, injured or transitioning veterans of the Wounded Warrior Project. These classes offer gardening practices through adaptable hands-on activities designed to heal, inspire and restore. Students learn to create raised beds, support structures and garden art; grow, tend and nurture plants; prepare healthy foods and share experiences and inspirations through garden walks and 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.
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. Plenty of time is available to relax and reflect around the fire pit or enjoy a peaceful walk in the forest.
- Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund- Seniors
- Education 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
- Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.