Pam Greenewald discussed the work of Rose Garden Angels at the Horticulture Corner: Rose Therapy program on March 2. Her nonprofit uses horticultural therapy for mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The organization works with veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat-related disabilities to grow roses which are sold to create a source of income for the participants. One of those veterans, Tayden Haile of Orange Park, joined Greenewald during the presentation.

The program is designed to improve the the participants’ independence by developing or enhancing stress-management techniques, emotional balance, and psychological well-being through working with nature. Benefits of horticultural therapy include healing of body, mind, and spirit through physical activity, relaxation, enjoyment, skill development, creative expression, sensory stimulation, intellectual and personal growth, social interaction, and a sense of productivity and self-satisfaction.

The program was offered in-person at the Garden Club and simultaneously on Zoom.

Greenewald grows more than 1,000 varieties of roses and specializes in Old Garden Roses for her store Angel Gardens. You can contact her at

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