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Gerontology students explore horticulture
Photos and Story by James Hill
Gerontology students learn how to identify plants at the outdoor Children’s Garden at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The class is taught by Teresia Hazen, who is a registered horticultural therapist for Legacy Health System. It is required as part of the Horticultural Therapy Certificate of Completion, an option within PCC’s Gerontology program led by Jan Abushakrah. Horticultural therapists design, implement and evaluate therapeutic gardens and programs to meet the physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs of special needs clients. They work with diverse populations – pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric and vocational and medical rehabilitation, among other health and human services.