Got the mid-winter blues? Join us as we welcome back local registered horticultural therapists Laura Simonds-Rumpf and Colleen E. Griffin, who will lead participants through a hands-on therapeutic horticulture activity using materials from the natural landscape. This workshop will guide participants in creating a succulent Kokedama using sphagnum moss and succulents of your choice. Kokedama is an ancient Japanese horticultural technique, also known as “poor man’s bonsai.” This will be a meditative activity to help vanquish the winter blues, dig your hands into soil and connect with your inner gardener. Learn about the ancient art of Kokedama, how to care for your “moss ball” creation, and discover a truly unique method of displaying plants in your home. No green thumb required! Each participant will take home their own Kokedama creation.
What is therapeutic horticulture? Therapeutic horticulture is the process through which participants enhance their well-being through active or passive involvement in plant and plant-related activities. Horticultural therapy seeks to utilize the healing power of plants with individuals of all ages, ancestry, and abilities in an effort to improve mental health, physical wellbeing, and sense of community.
This program will take place in person at the library. All are welcome, but attendance is limited and registration is required. If you’d like to attend, please register below.
About Laura Simonds-Rumpf
Laura Simonds-Rumpf, HTR, raised in Cape Elizabeth, is currently on the board of the American Horticultural Therapy Association. She has served many populations including those living with dementia and their care partners, veterans, people with brain injury, and those with developmental & intellectual challenges.
About Colleen E. Griffin
Colleen E. Griffin, HTR has been practicing horticultural therapy in Southern Maine since 2018. She serves on the board of the Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network. Colleen conducted therapeutic horticulture classes at Dempsey Center for Quality Cancer Care and created a program for special needs students, grades 6-12 in a passive solar greenhouse.