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Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants Paperback – September, 1994
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People who feel that their gardening days are over or those who think that enjoying gardening is not an option due to physical limitations imposed by such conditions as spina bifida, arthritis, or cerebral palsy will be delighted by Janeen Adil's approach to outdoor work in Accessible Gardening. Adil has done thorough research into methods, materials, information sources, and specially designed gardening equipment to provide a new way of looking at gardening. For example, if getting down to ground level is a potential problem for a gardener, raising planting beds to wheelchair level will bring the ground up to the gardener. This useful book will allow thousands of people to get back out into the garden.
For gardeners with limited mobility, Adil provides information on developing, planting, and maintaining a garden. Her how-to guide describes a variety of plants suitable for growing in containers, raised beds, and vertical gardens, for what the author calls "barrierfree" gardening. Adil explains the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional/psychological benefits of gardening. She offers a list of catalogs available for the gardener's convenience and variety in selecting seeds and tools. There are chapters on tools and tips for using them; on choosing vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, and vines; and on children with physical disabilities and gardening. The finished paperback will contain 100 black-and-white photographs and line drawings. George Cohen
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She devotes a complete chapter to "Children and Gardening". Because her own child was born with spina bifida, she brings a very knowledgeable approach to gardening with children. The information is both practical in terms of tools, design, and activities. But she also looks at the psychological and physical benefits of gardening for children.
Most books concerning gardening with disabilities usually ignore children's special needs, but this provides aid for parents, care-givers, and educators who want to introduce the joys of gardening to children.
The only reason for 4 stars is that some of the resources provided have changed since its 1994 printing, but the basic usefulness of this book has not diminished at all.