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November’s garden offers cornucopia of plants for the senses

The November landscape is rich with materials for a cornucopia of projects in purposeful and meaningful activities in horticultural therapy.
(Photo: ~Courtesy of Laura DePrado)

Laura Deprado uses Gardening for Therapy to help people across New Jersey. Laura is a Horticultural Therapist, and her article “November’s garden offers a cornucopia of plants for the senses” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/

November is here. We watch the colorful leaves fall from trees into piles on the ground to be raked laboriously to the curb or bagged for pick up. What remains of the woodland landscape are silhouettes of trees and shrubs with a color of evergreen trees that offer a view of green comfort.  (more…)

Interview with Bert Baron of WCTC

Bert Baron of WCTC interviews New Jersey Horticultural Therapist – Laura DePrado from Final Touch Plantscaping for his in-studio podcast.

Listen here and learn why Horticultural Therapy is so beneficial! 

Benefits of Gardening for those in Recovery

Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead has deployed a mobile cart therapeutic gardening program fresh with seasonal plants to engage the five senses of sight, sounds, taste, touch and smell.
(Photo: ~Courtesy of Carrier Clinic)

Gardening while in recovery, offers evidenced-based benefits for behavioral health. Laura DePrado developed a program using a therapeutic mobile cart to promote wellness and recovery at Carrier Clinic in NJ.

People have long realized that plants and gardens, and the very acts of gardening and growing produce countless healthful benefits for human beings.  (more…)

TOP 25 Leading Brand Builders

September 24, Somerset County NJ, – Laura DePrado, Horticultural Therapist and President of Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC was just named by Leading Women Entrepreneurs NJ 2018 TOP 25 Leading Brand Builder. Congressman Leonard Lance was Guest Keynote at VIP Recognition Awards at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster September 21st We are Named in New Jersey Monthly Magazine October edition! (more…)

The Power of Plants: The Healing Properties of Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado was interviewed for the September 2018 edition of House Method in the article “The Power of Plants: The Healing Properties of Horticultural Therapy”

Dr. Benjamin Rush, recognized as the Father of American Psychiatry, was the first person to document the positive effects of horticulture on individuals with mental illness. In 1768, he maintained that digging in the soil had a curative effect on the mentally ill, and in 1812, published findings that patients who worked in gardens had better recovery rates from mania compared to those who didn’t have the same gardening experience. Since then, there has developed a fascination with harnessing the power of people-plant interactions, especially in the field of horticultural therapy. (more…)

Sensory Garden

A sensory garden of plants with colors, textures, shapes, and fragrances in a native, sustainable garden that invites safe participation and horticultural therapy programs and activities. Presented by AHTA Registered Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado.

As seasons change, it’s important to continue to connect with nature

With shorter days and changing temperatures upon us, we will spend less time connecting to nature and outdoor gardening activities. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Laura DePrado)

Horticultural Therapist, Laura Deprado and her article “Horticultural Therapy: As seasons change, it’s important to continue to connect with nature” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/.

The end of summer is here. Blooming flowers are tired and looking like they have thrown in the trowel. Summer plants of annuals and perennials, withered, worn and fatigued, make way for the new harvest: A cornucopia of mums, pansies, and fall annuals and perennials taking to the field. 

We, the consumers, respond to the seasonal rhythms and cycles of plants, and plants in turn respond to our care. The cooler evenings are a reminder the harvest is here. We gather. We harvest. Our forefathers’ winter survival depended on the harvest for their survival. (more…)

A Planting We Will Grow

Looking for an engaging Adult Day Care activity? Our video “A Planting We Will Grow” demonstrates the benefits of Horticultural Therapy in an Adult Day Care environment.

Horticultural Therapy: ‘Scent ability’ with herb bouquets and bundles

Laura Deprado is a Horticultural Therapist, and her article “Horticultural Therapy: ‘Scent ability’ with herb bouquets and bundles” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/.

August is prime time to smell, pick, snip, collect and harvest herbs that can be made into bouquets and bundles which in turn provide enjoyment and treatment for participants in horticultural therapy programs.

These herb bundles are used for all populations in horticultural therapy programs. This includes behavioral health programs for teenagers and adults with psychiatric and addiction issue, as well as older adults in memory care, sub-acute care, and day programs add clients with dementia. 

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Laura DePrado is Sworn in to the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board

Chairman Mark Kirby swears in Lauren DePardo

Laura Deprado is a Horticultural Therapist helping people across New Jersey.

August 20, 2018, Somerset County

Laura DePrado of Branchburg is Sworn in to the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board by Chairman Mark Kirby. “This is a great place of privilege to work with the Board in its mission of preserving farmland and enhancing Industry of Agriculture in Somerset County,” said DePrado