Horticulture Therapy

Horticulture Therapy (Sue McDowell) – Each year, she plans one or more programs about seeds. Such an elemental and amazing part of gardening. So important, that everyone uses the word widely in everyday conversation. How often do you hear phrases such as seeds of hope, seeds of change, seeds of the future! 

Each seed will then have a story to tell. Maple seeds and milkweed seeds look different, but each is designed to be carried by wind. Sunflower seeds protect the plant’s embryo with a hard coating. Why? Think of the crops grown for their seeds – black-eyed peas, green beans, kidney beans (yuck!). Spices in all their yumminess often come from seeds! Seeds of trees open a whole other topic of conversation! Cones, nut, acorns, drupe, seeds in a spiny bur! But, of course, the most fun is to plant the seeds and watch them grow. And let’s remember the words of Robert Louis Stevenson: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Seeds of hope, seeds of confidence, seeds of joy, seeds of beauty.