The Hacienda supports a number of seasonal gardens. Two small orchards include Kino Heritage Fruit Trees. A special garden area between the Hacienda Homes supports raised vegetable beds that are the nexus of the community’s horticultural therapy programs. They are maintained using sustainable organic methods to yield a steady and varied supply of the freshest seasonal produce for our residents.
The gardens are a place of transformative and grounding experience, and horticultural therapy has a large presence in campus’ integrative therapeutic programs. Scientists have found that gardening increases a sense of well-being, reduces stress and calms nerves. It also enhances cognitive functioning, improves concentration, and stimulates memory in those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Our gardens not only supplement our kitchens, but also are deeply integrated into our therapeutic programs, providing a rich hands-on experience for our residents. They are places of delight and discovery.