How does your gar­den grow at the Gen­eral?

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

A com­mu­nity veg­etable gar­den is sprout­ing up at Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

The 11-bed gar­den — cre­ated through a part­ner­ship be­tween Hamil­ton Health Sciences, Pop­u­la­tion Health Re­search In­sti­tute and Hamil­ton Vic­tory Gar­dens — is meant to help pa­tients with re­cov­ery.

“Since gar­den­ing is a func­tional ac­tiv­ity, it can en­cour­age a pa­tient in a wheel­chair to stand or a pa­tient with a pros­thetic leg prac­tice their bal­ance,” Kathie El­stone, a ther­a­peu­tic recre­ation­ist at the Re­gional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, said in a story posted to HHS’s share web­site.

Pa­tients at the cen­tre had par­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous ses­sions with Hamil­ton Vic­tory Gar­dens, so the idea was born to mod­ify orig­i­nal plans for the hos­pi­tal’s gar­den to make it ac­ces­si­ble and func­tional for pa­tients.

Gar­den beds at the HGH Cam­pus Com­mu­nity Gar­den were built at a va­ri­ety of heights to ac­com­mo­date work­ing from a wheel­chair or stand­ing.

Cam­pus staff has the op­por­tu­nity to sign up for vol­un­teer ses­sions to help main­tain the gar­den.

Hamil­ton Vic­tory Gar­dens is a vol­un­teer-based pro­gram that con­verts un­used ur­ban ar­eas to gar­dens to grow pro­duce for lo­cal food banks and meal pro­grams.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HAMIL­TON HEALTH SCIENCES

The hos­pi­tal gar­den will be used for pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion by the Re­gional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre and will be main­tained by cam­pus staff.

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