Our Mission

Empowering the under-served through gardening, education, inclusion and community engagement.
Workshops and
Therapeutic Gardening

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The Ability Garden, located at the New Hanover County Arboretum, features garden-based programs for people with disabilities. We serve disadvantaged or vulnerable persons and those in isolated communities, helping them improve mobility, motor skills, cognitive functions, and overall health — physical and mental. Our clients experience the joy of successful gardening and working with others in a structured and safe environment.

Our facility includes a fully accessible hands-on teaching garden, a year-round greenhouse, raised growing beds, classrooms, mobile furniture, and gardening tools.
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We offer workshops on a wide variety of topics based on using gardens as a therapeutic tool. Sessions can be tailored to your audience and range from an hour to full-day events.


Our staff is available to provide consultation services to organizations interested in establishing gardens. We focus on both the accessibility and sustainability of each site to create greater opportunities for successful, inclusive gardens.

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