The Therapeutic Teaching Garden is a horticultural therapy site for children and families who are being served through one of the Center’s mental or emotional health programs. The objective of the Teaching Garden is to use gardening and nature related activities to work on treatment goals.

Specific treatment goals include:

  • Self esteem
  • Personal responsibility
  • Personal achievement
  • Motivation
  • Socialization
  • Self-expression
  • Relaxation
  • Sensory stimulation

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planting
  • Plant care
  • Harvesting
  • Cooking
  • Creating nature related crafts

The garden will provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and collaborating among Center staff, partner agencies, members of the community, and clients and students and their families. Moreover, the Lucy Daniels Center Teaching Garden will serve as a community source for fresh produce that will make healthier food choices as well as offer economic assistance through food pantry donations.

The Therapeutic Teaching Garden is funded through a grant awarded by the Bayer USA Foundation. BB&T helped fund the outdoor teaching classroom and associates from BB&T Cary have donated volunteer time to help build the therapy site.

“We wanted to work with the Lucy Daniels Center because of the great work they do in Cary,” said Kelly Sain, Market President for BB&T in Cary. “We’re proud to team up with them and help in any way we can.”


Bayer USA Foundation    BB&T