Plant Talk

THRIVE Program Invites Veterans to Explore the Healing Aspects of Gardening

Posted in Videos , What's On at NYBG on May 29, 2023, by Matt Newman

Each Monday in the Edible Academy, we welcome veterans of all ages from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center for a day among nature—where they take part in hands-on gardening, working with plants to ease depression and anxiety, promote healing, and engage in activities for friendship and community building.

“There are so many different ways to express yourself and to grow, and I think that the THRIVE program is a wonderful opportunity to do that with other veterans,” said one participant. As we celebrate Memorial Day, hit the link in our bio to hear from some of our regular VA visitors on the ways THRIVE at NYBG—running since 2020—has brought them together through a mutual love of plants and the natural world we share.

Veterans can learn more about the program by contacting Lauren Byma, the Whole Health Program Manager, at You can learn more about getting a Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture from NYBG here.

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