The healing power of gardens

Please take a look The Healing Power of Gardens, a posthumous publication of an essay by Oliver Sacks, the late physician/writer, in this morning’s New York Times. 

We try from time to time to answer such questions as Why a garden? Why the Vegetable Project? And Why do we work so hard to get kids outside? And Why build outdoor classrooms at Albany Schools? Dr. Sacks does it for us even better than we do.

What does healing have to do with teaching and learning? Well, for starters, it could make an incredibly valuable contribution in in-school suspension rooms in schools where we work, where disillusioned, disengaged and angry students, each with a personal story behind all of that, spend time when they disturb the peace of hallways and classrooms. 

–Bill Stoneman

One response to “The healing power of gardens

  1. Remarkable essay on gardens and the effect they have on people. I love the quote “I have never seen (an Alzheimer’s) patient plant anything upside down”, evidence of the ‘curative’ nature of nature.
    I am most struck by the juxtaposition of two words: institution and garden. The former connotes stifling, rigid, rule-bound, barren, concrete. The latter is so different: soothing, comforting, engaging, approachable. We are not off the mark at all as we pursue an outdoor classroom and fulfill the mission of the Vegetable Project.

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