This is each patient’s personal, private place. Within clear boundaries separating each 2 x 3 meter plot from its neighbors, members create their own garden. They may shape it as they desire introduce various elements of their choosing, plant and sow according to personal preference: flowers, herbal, fragrance and tea plants, vegetables or fruit. It is also their responsibility to care for their gardens: to water, prune, harvest, weed, shape, air and alter. The garden’s boundaries do not apply solely to planting – one may also dig a whole, construct a rockery, pave a path and more. A horticultural therapist often accompanies the process of working in the garden, to assist both theoretically and technically in carrying out the activities.
The individual garden bears great significance in the therapeutic process:
a place where (nearly) everything is allowed; the enabling space, the playground, the place where one is free to act out one’s wishes and will; even if some are not interested in cultivating or growing anything; even if one only wishes to dig a hole or pile rocks or do anything else he or she sees fit to do in the garden.
Of further interest...
An accessible trail through the Nature Park
In the Nature Park at Ramat Hanadiv there are a number of spectacular hiking routes.
The Footprint Garden
The term ‘ecological footprint’ is taking shape in the western part of the Visitors Pavilion. A large gardening plot shaped like a foot lies in the middle of the area, with the heel pointing north, and the five toes, as one unit – to the south.