Courtesy Callanwolde

The Ability Garden, a unique, wheelchair-accessible garden space that serves youth and adults living with physical or cognitive disabilities, is set to officially open Nov. 14  at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance and Callanwolde partnered to offer supported garden therapy programs that provide recreation, reduce social isolation, and empower through hands-on learning.

Trellis Co-Founder, Rachel Cochran, explained, “The goal of the Ability Garden is to reconnect individuals that have been typically disconnected from gardening and nature as a result of impaired mobility to experience nature and the joy of working with plants to improve quality of life” Cochran said. “The Ability Garden is a new community resource that educates on best practices to create and effectively use accessible gardens. Trellis’s goal is to make gardening more accessible for everyone.”

Thanks to a grant from the Frank Barham Foundation, donations from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Paideia School and the hard work of Trellis and Callanwolde volunteers, The Ability Garden was built in one month.

Callanwolde Executive Director, Andrew Keenan, said, “We are so happy to be working with Trellis and extend our support to the community. We intend to expand this program over the next several years.”

For more information, visit Callanwolde.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Wheelchair accessible Ability Garden to officially open at Callanwolde”

  1. Thank you for the press coverage on The Ability Garden at Callanwolde. Trellis is filling a unique void in the Atlanta area by delivering supported garden therapy programs for youth and adults living with physical and intellectual challenges. Please visit the Trellis website to learn about our work and how we are improving lives using the power of gardening and nature. https://trellishta.org/

    Rachel Cochran, Co-Founder, Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance

  2. Thank you for the press coverage on The Ability Garden at Callanwolde. Trellis is filling a unique void in the Atlanta area by delivering supported garden therapy programs for youth and adults living with physical and intellectual challenges. Please visit the Trellis website to learn about our work and how we are improving lives using the power of gardening and nature. https://trellishta.org/

    Rachel Cochran, Co-Founder, Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance

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