Horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice, and the therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.
Today, HT is accepted as a beneficial and effective therapeutic modality and it is widely used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational, and community settings.In the 1940s and 1950s, rehabilitative care of hospitalized war veterans significantly expanded acceptance of the practice. No longer limited to treating mental illness, HT practice gained in credibility and was embraced for a much wider range of diagnoses and therapeutic options.
HT techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. HT helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization.
Twig Terrariums focuses on the sensory aspects of HT such as touch/texture, sound, smell, as well as the design aspect, in order to encourage a relaxing, creative and safe environment. A cognitive therapeutic approach is used with special focus on gently centering the participant in the present task. Each attendee will receive individual attention, their own container, and all the ingredients to create their own little green world.
The workshop instructs how to make a terrarium, how terrariums were invented, the different terrariums out there, information on the plants we use and why, the basics of miniscaping (miniature design), and how to care for it in the future. Moss terrariums are especially forgiving because they require very little care – simply keep in a shady spot and mist every two to four weeks and the benefits of a terrarium workshop can last for weeks!