Carolinas Horticulture Therapy Network 2020 Winter Gathering

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1:45 p.m. Friday, Jan 31 to 
4:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb 1, 2020

The North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Screen Shot of front page on NCBG HT website

Everyone interested in Therapeutic Horticulture is welcome.

Registration information

Carolinas Horticulture Therapy Network

Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network Conference

Fee: $55, includes pre-conference tours on Friday, full-day conference on Saturday including a light breakfast and buffet-style lunch with vegetarian and gluten-free options on Saturday. There is no reduced fee if you choose to attend just one day.

Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved for this event at Aloft, a nearby hotel at 1001 South Hamilton Rd. in Chapel Hill. To reserve, the hotel has provided the link below for your convenience. Book your group rate for Carolina’s Horticultural Therapy Network at the NC Botanical Garden

Please research these housing options on your own to see if either option fits your needs

Friday Pre-Conference Tours:

1:45-2:30 p.m.        Pre-conference tour, Carol Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community (directions here). Park in lot straight ahead on entry road marked “Assembly Hall Dining”, or park anywhere on Harkness Circle Road. Enter lobby, meet in Social Hall to right to begin tour.

2:30-3:15 p.m.        Carpool or drive separately from Carol Woods to Central Regional Hospital, Butner. Meet in front lobby of Carol Woods. See above for directions and parking.

3:15-5:00 p.m.       Pre-conference tour, Central Regional Hospital, Butner (directions here). Park in visitor spots near flagpole. Meet in front lobby of hospital.

5:00-6:00 p.m.        Carpool or drive separately from Central Regional Hospital to Carol Woods

6:00-7:00 p.m.         Dinner at Carol Wood. See above for directions and parking. Meet in Social Hall at 6 p.m. Our host will collect CASH ONLY $16.50 for dinner. Wine and beer will be additional. If arriving after 6 p.m., proceed down the hall to Carvery Dining Hall to meet group.

7:00- 8:00 p.m.        CTH Student Certificate Presentation, CTH Students Only  (small dining room off Carvery Dining Hall).

Carol Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC pre-conference tour:

In existence for over 40 years, Carol Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill attracts residents seeking an in-town location with close proximity to educational, cultural and medical resources. Engaged residents, top-rated healthcare, a financially strong foundation, and a beautiful campus have created Carol Woods’ reputation as one of the country’s leading continuing care retirement communities. Unlike other retirement communities, Carol Woods is unique in that it is a dementia-inclusive community.
Gardens and gardening have always been a part of the Carol Woods experience. In recent years residents have gained expanded opportunities with therapeutic horticulture and nature-related classes and activities. The tour will include various gardening spaces, including the newest on campus, where residents can actively engage with their environment.

Central Regional Hospital, Butner, NC pre-conference tour:

Central Regional Hospital (CRH) is the largest of the three state-managed psychiatric hospitals in North Carolina. The secure, 400-bed facility provides mental health treatment for children, adolescents, adults, the geriatric population, and minimum, medium, and maximum-security forensic patients who have been deemed unable to proceed in a court of law due to their mental health diagnosis. Though many of the patients have co-occurring diagnoses, at least 85% have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Due to a wealth of support from CRH administration, the hospital offers a wide range of vocational, psychosocial, and therapeutic horticultural therapy programming for the adult population. The HT program is managed by Emilee Vanderneut who is the Program Manager of the Community Living Program and conducted by three full-time horticultural therapists who lead three vocational HT crews and four HT treatment groups year-round. In total, the HT team treats 50 patients a day in therapeutic groups and employs (paid minimum wage) 15 patients who maintain the hospital’s grounds, HT programming sites, and indoor growing operation.

The tour will include an orientation to the facility, an outdoor growing space, indoor growing facilities, and a presentation of the HT program.

Saturday Conference at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (directions here)

8:15-9:00 a.m.               Check-In & Light Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m.             Introductions and Sharing

10:15-10:30 a.m.          Break

10:30-11:00                 CTH student presentations

11:00-12:30 p.m.          Round Robin Activity Sessions (three groups)

12:30-1:15 p.m.            Lunch

1:15-2:15                     Tour of NCBG (three groups)

2:15–2:45                    CTH student presentations continued

2:45-3:00                     Break

3:00-3:45                     Activity Sharing–All attendees

3:45-4:00                     Wrap Up, Next Meeting