In 2016, Glenwood Life's Client Advocacy Team (C.A.T) envisioned an urban green space where clients could grow flowers and vegetables as both therapy and as a means of addressing the food desert in which we are located. The project started small with just 1200 sq. ft of space reclaimed from two vacant lots, at one time residential properties. From the inception of the green space, incorporating storm water management features and native species plantings were central goals. Glenwood is also committed to helping their clients and surrounding community members become more knowledgeable about the benefits of composting. Clients plan to fully develop a site that is beautiful, functional and accessible for hosting more therapeutic activities outdoors.
Glenwood Life uses a holistic approach to recovery: methadone is only one part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes one-on-one counseling, various group therapy sessions, and wrap around social services. The recovery garden is an extension of Glenwood itself and has allowed for clients and the community to also engage in the life enriching practice of gardening. Focusing on the benefits of Horticulture Therapy for populations vulnerable to addiction shows the connections between teaching the destructive effects of drugs on the body and destructive effects of pollution on plants.
Through the generous grant funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Glenwood Life Center has been able to make effective changes to mitigate storm water runoff in the garden and the entire community as well as beautify the recovery garden for all to enjoy. Clients and community members not only have the opportunity to nourish the soil, but the recovery garden helps to nourish the many native plants, birds, butterflies and bees of the surrounding areas.
"How has the garden changed me? I know i'm helping families to eat healthier and that i'm giving back. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment to show others how to eat better and live healthier"~Client Advocacy Team Leader
Welcome to our Garden!
Glenwood uses its own organic soil to put into raised beds. It is changing the way clients are living and what they are putting into their bodies
Composting is the aerobic process of decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms, such as leaves, food scraps, garden trimmings etc, that are transformed into valuable and nutrient rich soil conditioner. Community composting is especially valuable as it restores local soils and creates a culture of awareness in the local community. Glenwood Life recovery garden works closely with the Baltimore Compost Collective to contribute these efforts. To learn more about composting in Baltimore City, check out their website below!
To make a donation to the Glenwood Life Recovery Garden, all checks can be made out to the Glenwood Life Counseling Center (please include "recovery garden" in the memo)
All in-person donations including food and compost can be brought to the Client Advocacy Team office located inside of the Glenwood Life Counseling Center.
For the Community
Glenwood is committed to include pollinator-friendly plants for bees to enjoy. Pollination is an important part of maintaining a diverse ecosystem.
Nectar plants will attract a variety of butterflies that will visit to feed. Perennials like sedum, yarrow, salvia, day lilies, bee balm, astilbe, coneflower and others will draw butterflies to your garden.
The recovery garden aims to support the natural habitats for birds by encouraging native plant growth.The Baltimore Oriole is one of the most brilliantly colored songbirds in the east, flaming orange and black, sharing the heraldic colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore.
2019-2020 Garden Plants
Farmers Market Goals
Clients and staff work together to grow beautiful and fresh produce to share with the Govans neighborhood farmers market.
The recovery garden has helped Glenwood and its members become a positive driving force within the community.
A Force of Good for the Community
The Client Advocacy Team is dedicated to engaging the surrounding North Baltimore communities to create a sense of shared purpose, a greater understanding of and care for the land, and acceptance of those in recovery. The recovery garden has been a daily reminder for all clients and community members of the transformational processes flourishing at the Glenwood Life Counseling Center.
The recovery garden is also a source of comfort for many clients and a place that memorializes Glenwood clients who have since passed. Trees are planted in their memory so that clients can visit the garden and honor their fallen friends.
- Stop storm water runoff
- Change the eating habits of our clients
- Increase the presence of native plants
- Bring back the birds bees and butterflies that help our ecosystem thrive
- Be a driving force for good in the community