Garden Program at The Weller House
Beginning in November 2021, Root & Rise is working to establish a garden space and program at The Weller House of 808 Homeless Task Force in Ocean View. The Weller House serves as transitional living for those seeking stability and working toward independent living.
In the initial stage of garden installation, residents are co-creating the garden by assisting with land clean-up, garden design, and construction. The long-term goal is to create a space for therapeutic horticulture sessions and enjoyment of the residents. Ongoing therapeutic horticulture sessions are set to begin in 2022.
Key design features of the garden vision include:
hip-height raised beds, seating, and shade to increase usability/accessibility of the garden
trellises and pathways to create a sense of safety and peace
native plants to connect residents to place and to honor the ‘āina (land)
edible plants, herbs, and flowers for in-session/residential use
sensory stimulating plants (like lavender, mint, and Hawaiian cotton ) to draw residents into the natural surrounding
utilization of recycled materials to minimize footprint and costs
Stay tuned for more photos as the project unfolds.