Thursday, December 9, 2010

Plant Therapy for Chronic Diseases

Working with plants can do more than lift the spirits. It can be an effective therapy for many chronic diseases.

Wes Buss gingerly patted the dirt around his newly transplanted tomato plant. His hands seemed to know just what to do. They didn't tremble. They didn't fumble. They didn't give up.

Several years ago, when his Parkinson's disease began to make it difficult for him to tend to his many gardens, Buss built sidewalks and a ramp to ease his scooter's path around the yard. But let the disease prevent him from gardening? "I'll never be ready," said the 73-year-old Twin Citian.

Buss was just the kind of person Jeannie Larson had in mind 16 years ago when she started a therapeutic horticulture program through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Read the entire article.

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