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R&R: Monthly Therapeutic Gardening Sessions

The Cal Poly Pomona Veterans Resource Center leads monthly therapy sessions at the Tri-City Community Garden in Pomona that aim to soothe the mind and body of veterans. 

Activities focus on planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. There is also a meditation trail where participants can harvest lemons, basil, eggplant, and take cuttings of succulents to grow in their own gardens.

The gardening therapy sessions are intended to build trust among veterans, who bond by holding candid discussions about the challenges they are facing in their lives.  

Horticulture or gardening therapy dates to ancient times. In Egypt, doctors prescribed time in the garden to rejuvenate the body and mind.

The Veterans Resource Center received a Community Wellbeing Grant from Tri-City Mental Health Services to support the gardening therapy. Tri-City Mental Health is committed to improving and maintaining the well-being of people in Pomona, La Verne and Claremont, which form the Community Wellbeing Program.

For more information, contact Luis Resendez at (909) 784-3299 or email


—Sommarani Chan