Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center received a $51,700 grant from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation to convert a portion of its parking lot at 8324 Skokie Blvd. into a therapeutic client garden and green space, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
The project will be in collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden Horticultural Therapy Program. Construction of the 1,200 square foot garden begins this spring. Chicago Botanic Garden staff will conduct a workshop to gather input from Turning Point clients on Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to10 a.m.
The therapeutic client garden will provide ongoing opportunities for Turning Point clients to participate in greening the Turning Point outdoor space and learning new gardening skills. Research conducted in a variety of fields, including medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, physical rehabilitation and neurology has demonstrated that involvement in gardening provides physical, cognitive and psychosocial benefits, according to the press release.