How to create an enabled garden adapted for all abilities
In the United States today, gardening is considered a favorite outdoor activity aside from playing golf or jogging. Approximately 75% of U.S. households, whether novice or experienced, participate in some gardening activity. Gardening is not only a recreational activity. It can also help one’s physical and mental well-being for all ages. For instance, people affected by health conditions that limit mobility can benefit from increased physical activity.
However, there are barriers for those who experience physical and mental limitations. For example, people who experience arthritis may be challenged due to joint pain from bending or stooping to tend to the garden. An enabled garden allows an individual with specific challenges to participate.
Phoebe Wall is an extension associate at the UOG Cooperative Extension & Outreach with a bachelor’s in horticulture from Texas A&M University and a master’s in environmental science from the University of Guam. She wrote this article along with UOG undergraduate student Lianna Santos as part of her monthly column in the Pacific Daily News appearing in the Lifestyle section. She may be reached at 735-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.