Soule Senior Outreach

The Missouri Botanical Garden is proud to offer a variety of programs specifically tailored to senior living facilities. We understand that it can sometimes be a challenge to bring a senior group to the Garden, so we are pleased to bring the Garden to your organization! Request a Garden staff member and/or a trained volunteer to come to your facility.

Please call (314) 577-9506 to make a reservation. See reservation procedures. Please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants with projects.

Below you will find a variety of engaging nature-based program options:

A Room with a Bloom

Closeup on hands arranging flowersExperience the joy that flowers bring into your life! Take part in a monthly flower arranging program. This program will provide participants with a hands-on experience that is both therapeutic and educational.

How it works:
A facility can sign up for the “A Room with a Bloom” program for only one month or a whole year. Each month we will bring in fresh flowers and herbs (depending on the season) for the participants to create their very own arrangement. The theme of the bouquet will change each month.

Therapeutic Benefits:
  • Fresh flowers provide joy and stress reduction
  • Use of hands…working fine motor skills
  • Social interaction…increase communication opportunities
  • Memory recall
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Conversation piece when family visits
  • Creative outlet using fresh flowers

Fee per participant:

  • $5 for small arrangement with 2–3 different flowers 
  • $8 for medium arrangement with 4–5 different flowers
  • Sign up for six or more programs in 2018 and receive a discount.

Participants: 10 participants minimum and 15 participants maximum

Garden Presentations

Bring the Garden to you! Request a Missouri Botanical Garden staff member and/or trained volunteer to come to your center to present on a topic. While the presentations are primarily visual, most will come with a sensory kit with close up photographs, smells, textures and items that pertain to the topic being presented. It is our goal to be able to engage all participants regardless of ability.

Presentation length: 45–60 minutes
Fee: $25
Participants: 10 participants minimum and 25 participants maximum (see facilities key below)

Please call (314) 577-9506 to make a reservation. See reservation procedures. Please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants with projects.

 
Hands-on Programs

These hands-on programs have been developed for participants with a variety of ability levels. Each program is taught by a Missouri Botanical Garden staff member or trained volunteer who introduces the group to the topic, followed by a hands-on activity for all participants.

Presentation length: 45–60 minutes
Fee: $60
Participants: 10 participants minimum and 15 participants maximum (see facilities key below)

Please call (314) 577-9506 to make a reservation. See reservation procedures. Please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants with projects.

 

Container Gardening

SCN, AL, IL
Container gardenThis program can be designed to fit your needs! Hanging baskets and container vegetables or herbs are just a few possibilities. Our volunteers share tips and techniques for container plant care. Fee includes a talk, demonstrations and one planted container for your center OR a small hands-on planting activity for each participant (depending on availability). Bring your sick plants for personal advice!

Reservation Procedures

For All Senior Programs:
Call Carol at (314) 577-9506 at least two months before you would like to have the program presented.

  • As soon as a staff member and/or trained volunteer has been scheduled to present your program, a confirmation form will be mailed to you.
  • Please mail the payment when the confirmation form is received. Volunteers cannot collect payment at the time of the program.
  • If payment is not received two weeks prior to the program, the program will not be presented.
  • For cancellations five or more business days prior to program, a full refund will be issued. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations less than five business days prior to program. A business day is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • If the Missouri Botanical Garden must cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
  • For liability reasons, please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants.

Note to Senior Living Activity Directors:
The goal of the Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture Programs is to provide the best quality and most meaningful programs to individuals of all abilities in the community. By keeping the number of participants smaller and the program length appropriate for your participants, we can offer a more meaningful and beneficial program for all individuals by catering to their specific needs. We have also created a Facilities Key to act as a guide to assist you in program selection. For assistance in choosing the best program for your group call Carol at (314) 577-9506.

Facilities Key
SCN = Skilled Care Nursing / Ideal number of participants: 10–15
AL = Assisted Living / Ideal number of participants: 10–15
IL = Independent Living / Ideal number of participants: 10–25 (hands-on 10–15)


Therapeutic Horticultural Programs at the Garden are made possible
through contributions by:

Dr. Oscar and Barbara Soule
Friends and family of Dr. Samuel D. Soule
Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation
E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust
Mary Anne Lucas Fund
David R. and Mary L. Tognoni Program Fund