Community, Care and Creativity: Horticultural Therapy and Greystone Park
The long and fascinating history of Greystone Park includes rich horticultural and agricultural traditions. This program explores the thought process behind the raising of grand "Kirkbride" style asylums for the mentally ill, and the recognized therapeutic benefits of gardening.
Presented by the all volunteer non-profit group Preserve Greystone, it features lectures by two outstanding speakers. Dr. Carla Yanni teaches Art History at Rutgers University, specializing in 19th and 20th century architecture. She is the author of “The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States” and “Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display.” Her work focuses on architectural history as a way of understanding a society’s values, in particular the relationship between architecture and the fields of science and medicine. Dr. Joel Flagler teaches Plant Science, also at Rutgers University, specializing in plant-people relationships. He holds a certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the NY Botanical Garden, and serves as Bergen County’s Agricultural Extension Agent. A nationally recognized expert on horticultural therapy, he was Associate Editor for "The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-Being & Social Development."
Register by September 2