FUNDING & GROWTH
Funds for the non-profit are raised through donations and grants, but primarily through our wholesale rose company, “The Old Garden Rose Co.”
All proceeds from the sale of these easy-care, hard-to-find roses go to support and help sustain our program. All of our roses are grown organically on their own roots.
Benefits of horticultural therapy include healing of body, mind and spirit by utilizing physical activity, relaxation and enjoyment, skill development, creative expression, sensory stimulation, intellectual and personal growth, social interaction, a sense of productivity and self-satisfaction and a spiritual connection with life.
ADD THE ROSE
The healing powers of the rose are well-known throughout history.
Believe it or not, it is now scientific fact that the rose gives off what seem to be healing vibrations of the highest electrical frequency known in the plant kingdom (320 MHz). Perhaps this is why the rose is synonymous with love...
Thus we are able to raise our own vibration into a healing state from being with live rose plants. When we are able to take the rose, plant it and watch it mature, bloom and grow, we then develop a real relationship with our rose which is the key to successful rose growing — just as the daily care and feeding of a child assures it’s success in life.
The one needing nurture thus becomes the nurturer as well in a mutually beneficial relationship.
ORGANIC, OWN-ROOT & EASY-TO-GROW
The use of organic fertilizers ensures not only the safety of all concerned including the roses, but also makes the activity more enjoyable allowing one to experience the life-force of the roses. Roses come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and there are many varieties that do not have thorns.
Another exciting activity about our rose program is hybridizing (breeding). This involves such tasks as taking pollen, record keeping, harvesting seeds from the rose hips, refrigerating them and finally planting them. Any of the new seedlings that show promise may be grown and named after one’s friend or loved one. Use of open-pollinated seeds also speeds along the process.