Since its inception seven years ago, the Therapeutic Garden at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Ontario has been a leader in the field. The brainchild of Louise Quenneville, Project Manager at HGMH, the garden has grown steadily by maximizing resources, including a three-year partnership with Project SOIL (a FLEdGE partner project—see the case study here). The garden has brought well-deserved attention to HGMH and Louise, now recognized as one of Canada’s health care innovators.
In 2017, HGMH brought in a graduate of l’Institut de formation et de recherche agroalimentaire (IFRA) de La Cité in nearby Alfred, to implement SPIn farming techniques. Now the garden not only benefits stroke rehab patients through exercise engaging fine motor skills and memory, it also produces a bounty of vegetables for patients, staff and visitors—over 800 lbs. this year!
Check out this new video of the Therapeutic Garden at HGMH, an inspiration to all who’ve visited.