Inpatient gardening ideas, please!
September 5, 2012 2:24 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out what to do with my new gardening group! Indoors and out, with an emphasis is on safety.
I'm thrilled that I've been allowed to develop a gardening group at the inpatient psychiatric hospital I work at. I hesitate to call it "horticultural therapy" because I'm not certified, but I hope it will improve the quality of life of the patients. I'm looking into setting up some raised beds and possibly an outdoor water feature.
I'm unfortunately feeling stuck due to the time of year (heading into winter) and a lack of idea of good things to do indoors.
I'd love you favorite recommendations for:
-outdoor plants that I can plant this late in the year (We're in Kansas City)
-indoor plants that require nothing much more than indirect sunlight and plenty of fluorescent lighting. Bonus points for ones we can grow from seeds, as that is fun to observe!
-bright ideas of fun gardening and plant-related activities to do when winter hits
-Ways to keep plants on the unit. I'm not sure any plant in a pot sitting on a table would last long without becoming a projectile. I'm wondering if I could manage some hanging baskets.
-I don't think I can get the patients much in the way of tools, out of inevitable safety concerns. If anything, only plastic children's shovels and rakes. Pumpkin carving would be awesome but knives are out.
-Plants cannot be in the least toxic, as we have some people prone to swallowing objects as self-harm.
Share your inspiration, please! I'm overwhelmed by all the amazing ideas online but see difficulties implementing them in a rather structured hospital environment.