At one time or another, most of us have said ‘gardening is therapy,’ right? But seeing an actual therapeutic garden work its magic right in front of me is a whole different experience.
Recently, my mother and I visited my mom’s cousin, Carol, to see the incredible garden she helped create for her adult daughter, Karen.
Karen has nonverbal autism, in addition to being blind since she was nine years old.
A few years ago, Carol enlisted the help of a local garden designer (Shelby’s Garden Landscape & Garden Design) to help create a garden not only for Karen but also for herself.
As Karen’s primary caregiver 24/7, Carol needed the garden to also serve as her sanctuary when feeling a bit housebound.
The back yard is primarily for the pool (which helps Karen to stay active), so the new garden needed to be created along the side and in the front yard.