20Mar 2020

Many of you are new friends.  I’m more than just Annie. I’m Annie Blossom, to be precise.   Serendipitously nicknamed in infancy, by my Grandma, who kept a bursting flower garden in the small spaces surrounding her urban apartment, and taught me to appreciate even the spring “weeds” (which is why my dog’s name is […]

04Nov 2015

This 2011 image of Cornell University’s library has me thinking back to 5th grade, when I read books other than the non-fiction sort.  I was reading Babysitter’s Club, Judy Blume, and Choose your own mysteries when I was in Ms. Beverly K Littau’s class.  She was the first teacher who demonstrated that she understood the […]

06Oct 2015
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Join University of Minnesota’s project with me! Let’s provide data, together, to show ourselves and the world of research what nature can do! The survey is simple. Go to:  What you’ll be signing up for: a daily email with suggested nature activity, video, and links. The purpose of Nature Heals 30×30 is to: *Call […]

04Sep 2015

In this video by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we are reminded how “going back to basics” can have a tremendous impact on people’s mental health. Some of the fundamental effects on those participating in horticultural therapy activities are: Increases sensory stimulation Increases self-esteem Stabilizes mood Increases social interaction Increases strength and endurance Builds community […]

01Sep 2015

Happy September! I want you to meet another lovely lady I serve in my blog this week. She is a recreational therapist, photographer, and avid ornithologist (bird lover). She works part time on a psychiatric unit for geriatric patients aged 55 and over.  Her typical client has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, dementia, or […]

25Aug 2015

I started giving weekly “spiritual garden tips” to my friends as we sat on my front porch drinking mojitos. Here are a few life lessons we got all figured out in the front yard garden.

28Jul 2015

By Annie Napier   I recent had the privilege of “getting dirty in the garden” with a youth group to give the gift of gardening to a shelter that provides safe, temporary housing for women and their children who have been victimized by stalking or domestic or sexual violence.  My half-sister and friend is a “Forester”, a member of an insurance […]

24Jul 2015

By Hollie Niblett Hi, my name is Hollie and I have a friend named Annie and we are a rare breed…horticultural therapists from Oklahoma. We met for the first time at a our mutually favorite coffee shop and cafe (Red Cup) in Oklahoma City, “set up” by a mutual friend who thought we should meet, […]