Gardening becomes healing with horticultural therapy

( CNN) It’s a warm, sunny morning in Tony Wright’s lush backyard in Roswell, Georgia. The retired human-resources director sits on a folding chair and gazes around in meditation, surrounded by shade trees and chirping birds. He sips coffee and reads from his 12 -step program book, “Daily Reflections.” Then he takes a slow walk through his garden, find how his plants are doing and what they might need.

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This is how Wright begins every morning. It’s a routine the youthful-looking 68 -year-old began after years of struggling with addiction. He starts to pot petunias, digging his large hands into the clay and pouring water from a watering can to nourish the transplant.

“Even if I’m just watering a plant or trimming a shrub, it only gets me in touch with nature, and I try to listen to what nature’s trying to tell me that morning, ” Wright said.

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