ERIC Number: ED326021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gardening for All: The Accessible Garden. Revised Edition.
Brock, Holly; Mefford, Gayle
PAM Repeater, n61 Apr 1990
This pamphlet presents some innovative thoughts and suggestions to make gardening an "accessible" activity for any gardener, able-bodied or disabled. For gardeners with special needs, workability of the garden must take precedence over a conventional garden design. Designs to consider include raised bed gardens, garden containers such as whiskey barrels and drainage pipes, and commercial garden containers. Deciding what to plant requires consideration of the size of the garden, amount of time available, location, personal taste, and ability to harvest and store produce. Tools can be matched to specific needs, such as tools appropriate for use from a seated or kneeling position, tools for people who find it painful or impossible to bend, tools for use by one-handed gardeners, and tools for those who have a weak grasp or limited dexterity. Suggestions are offered for protecting body posture and for adapting available tools. Twenty-four sources for special tools are listed. (14 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Gardening, Grounds Keepers, Leisure Time, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activities, Physical Disabilities, Plant Propagation, Recreational Activities, Therapeutic Recreation
PAM Assistance Centre, 601 West Maple St., Lansing, MI 48906.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PAM Assistance Centre, Lansing, MI.