Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies and common uses of leisure time in the U. S. and throughout the world. Anyone who wants to garden should be able to do so, regardless of their physical or mental ability. The Holistic Garden is designed so that anyone can participate in the act of gardening and be in contact with nature. Contact with nature reduces mental stress and fatigue. The gardening practices used here work together with the natural ecosystem of which the garden is a part.

The Holistic Garden at the School of Public Health teaches students how to use the garden as a tool to improve physical and mental health through better nutrition, regular exercise and contemplation in a natural setting. The Holistic Garden offers hands-on experiential learning that will augment our nutrition education and public health curricula. Our students will learn how the garden and the act of gardening can be tools to improve nutrition and physical activity, while preventing or reducing the severity of various chronic conditions that are plaguing our modern society, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart and circulatory problems, depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many others.

Garden Hours: 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday - Friday

  • Garden for Health (Wednesday morning, 9:00am to 10:50 SPH 5098) 

Academic Course

PH 5098 - 125 Garden for Health (Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:50) 

Spring Volunteering in Garden

  • 1st and 3rd Mondays at NOON - open to all SPH

Gardening Resources