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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Educational opportunity - Therapuetic Horticulture and Community Gardens

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6pm to 9pm
On-line using Blackboard Collaborate
Free to certified Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers
Learn about Therapeutic Horticulture, what it is, and how you can employ the principles for a happier, healthier life. Also discussed will be applications to special populations, research, funding, and community gardens as well as specific benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Four case studies will round out the presentation with a short foray into horticultural therapy results for the Senior Enabled Community Garden Project. We will address enlisting help from organizers of community gardens, and embedding people with disabilities into a community gardening scenario with people who garden traditionally, to make the garden accessible and sustainable for all and to create a healthier, happier community.
Karen Olson
Karen J. Olson
Master Gardener Volunteer/
 Therapeutic Horticulturalist/
Enabling Garden Beds

Our presenter:   Karen J. Olson is a Therapeutic Horticulturalist, Master Gardener, and author of two books. She works with youth with disabilities, senior citizens and other special populations to create learning and growing experiences through horticulture. Her passion is connecting people of varying abilities within the community garden setting. Karen has degrees in Psychology and Sociology with graduate work in behaviorism, psychological test writing and children with special needs. She has written a column on special needs called, “Life on the Exceptional Side” for over thirteen years and speaks to a variety of groups statewide. She has published her work nationally and internationally and been translated into 42 languages. She can be reached at for speaking engagements or questions.

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