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Gardening Heals Trauma at Women's Shelter

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 11, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 16:56

Guest: Claire Renzetti, PhD, Chair and Professor of Sociology, University of Kentucky This time of year, many of us head into the garden to clear our heads after a long day at work or to unwind over the weekend. Well, a women’s shelter in Kentucky taps into this therapeutic benefit of gardening to help heal deep trauma and pain experienced by victims of domestic violence. The directors of the shelter, named GreenHouse17, have recently teamed up with researchers at the University of Kentucky to study how weeding, pruning and gather bouquets of flowers help survivors heal from trauma.