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Therapeutic effects of gardening for psychiatric patients

May 14, 2019

It began as a modest investment of space and money — an unused, raised outdoor planter bed at UCLA’s Steward and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and $350 worth of plants, soil and gardening tools.

But, with careful planning by a multidisciplinary team, the 2.5-foot by 10-foot plot yielded a popular therapeutic tool for some of the hospital’s inpatients and produced an important piece of research.

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