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The lushness of the Philadelphia International Flower Show will add a dimension of healing this year with an informative new exhibit that showcases the use of plants and flowers in a therapeutic context. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network (MAHTN), Passport to Healing: Horticultural Therapy around the World will be located in the “Non-Academic” Section of the Flower Show. (Hall B of the Philadelphia Convention Center)

And Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Horticultural Therapy Program is pitching in.

“Magee is very excited to be a part of the display,” said Magee’s Horticultural Therapist Jeannette Glennon Morrisey who is a MAHTN member. “Along with donating my time to answer questions at the display, Magee has donated special adaptive gardening tools that will be shown and explained, as well as wheelchairs that will be used during the exhibit.”

The Passport to Healing: Horticultural Therapy around the World exhibit will appeal to anyone interested in horticulture as a healing activity, as well as professionals in the medical and healthcare fields, retirement communities, senior centers, community groups, or caregivers. The display includes plants, adaptive tools and examples of horticultural projects and a multi-media presentation that bring the healing benefits of nature and gardening to people with disabilities.
Horticultural therapy is defined as the engagement of a participant in horticultural activities facilitated by a trained therapist to achieve treatment goals. Horticultural therapy programs are utilized by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, programs for people with special needs, mental health programs, correctional facilities and social service agencies.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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