BENEFITING: FORGOTTEN ANGELS FOUNDATION
It has long been a dream to have accessible garden beds at Dayhab that could be tended to by the Angels as well as community volunteers. The benefits of gardening are well known and include such improvements as increased strength, stamina, mobility, energy, endurance, better hand-eye coordination, social interaction, coping skills, motivation, work habits, as well as reducing anxiety and stress. 1
Ultimately the Garden will consist of 5 beds approximately 30 feet long, with 4 beds that run parallel to a pavilion that is on the site and a fifth bed that will will perpendicular to the pavilion behind those beds. Two additional beds will be installed in front of the pavilion and joined by a trellis. The beds will be constructed from interlocking concrete blocks and will be approximately 25 inches tall and 25 inches wide, topped with a bench seat made from western cedar. A pathway suitable for wheelchair access will be created so that everyone will be able to participate who wants to. The gardens were designed to be installed to the left of a 12x12 pavilion that was built for Forgotten Angels by Daniel Ridgway for his Eagle Scout project. Another Eagle Scout candidate, Brandon Berry, will be planting fruit trees to the right of the pavilion. In the future, the two beds in front of the pavilion will be connected by a trellis with climbing plants, which will put the finishing touch on a beautiful garden retreat area for the Angels and for the community of Pearland.
Forgotten Angels is grateful to Keep Pearland Beautiful, the Community Garden and the Farmer's Market for their support and guidance on this project.
1 Brown, Sydney Park, Eva C. Worden, Theodora M. Frohne, Jessica Sullivan,Horticultural Therapy, University of Florida IFAS Extension, ENH970. Original publication date January 2004. Revised January 2011. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.