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How It Was...: The Greenhouse is text, with genre history, article and leaflet. Its dimensions are 11 in. x 8.5 in..

It was created on Wednesday, February 6, 1991.

Harding Hospital is the Publisher. Eleanor (Ellie) Jones (née Illston), 1924-2018 is the Author.

This is one in a series of articles on the history of Harding Hospital. Included in the newsletter distributed to hospital employees, the articles were written by Ellie Jones, Harding Hospital archivist. This article describes the horticultural therapy program directed by Dr. Floyd Chapman. The program centered on immersing patients in nature through gardening, celebrating Arbor Day, participating in an annual bird count, walking on a nature trail, and “clay pot therapy.” When patients were upset, Dr. Chapman encouraged them to throw broken clay pots against the foundation of the campus’s greenhouse as an outlet for their negative feelings. Although horticultural therapy was common in Europe in the 1970s, Harding Hospital was the first psychiatric hospital in the United States to feature a nature and exercise trail.

It covers the topics doctors and medicine, gardens and mental illness.

It features the people Dr. George Tryon Harding II, 1878-1934 and Dr. Floyd (Doc) Chapman.

It features the organization Harding Hospital.

It covers the city Worthington.

You can find the original at Harding Hospital Museum.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is hhm0017.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on March 16, 2017. It was last updated June 13, 2019.