Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden
14601 20 Avenue, Surrey BC
About the Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden
The intergenerational therapeutic garden is a space designed to meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of the individuals using the garden. In December 2009, the City of Surrey received a grant in the amount of $18,500.00 from the Government of Canada, New Horizon’s for Seniors Program to create the garden. Since then we have received additional funding through the Semiahmoo Rotary Club to enhance the garden. The garden has been a cooperative venture between the city and community volunteers who have built garden beds, hauled dirt and planted a wide variety of plants.
Visit the Garden
The garden is located behind the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre. Please drop by and visit our garden in the spring and summer months, help with the maintenance or just relax and enjoy a moment in the garden. If the gate is locked please come in to the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and ask the front desk for a key. Please note individual garden plots are not available for community members.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for spring 2016 to help with cleaning up, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. If you are interested or would like more information please call the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre at 604-592-6970. It is a great chance to enjoy the garden and connect with your community.
The garden is a space for generations to pass on their ideas and skills to other generations. Currently it is led by senior volunteers who share their knowledge with the community. The garden offers a unique space for community groups to meet. There is an area for preschool story time circles and benches throughout for people to sit and enjoy the space. The garden is used by our seniors groups for social coffee and children day camps for scavenger hunts, lunch breaks and a calming space.
Currently the garden has seven raised beds used for horticultural therapy. Horticultural therapy uses plants, garden activities, and the landscape to promote well-being for its participants. This spring and summer the garden produced a wide variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs which supplied Sources Café with vegetables on a regular basis as well as, staff and volunteers.