Marin Master Gardeners
University of California
Marin Master Gardeners

Marin Ventures

Marin Ventures is a day facility for developmentally disabled adults.  To assist this organization with its mission of fostering independence and personal growth, Master Gardeners turned a strip of concrete into a beautiful, edible, therapeutic garden.

Designed and built with Master Gardener know how, Marin Ventures is a prime example of an adaptive garden. Paths are straight, wide, and flat to accommodate people using wheelchairs. Planting beds are raised for easy access.  All plant selections are non-toxic and chosen specifically for sensory delight: lambs ears for softness, rosemary for scent, bright spots of flowering color for visual appeal, an overflowing bounty of edibles for taste.  Seating and shade are plentiful.  Tools are lightweight and easy to use. A fountain emits calming water music as birds swoop in for a drink.

Master Gardeners Terry Nevin, Marie Narlock, and Donna Gowan provide assistance in the Marin Ventures Garden.
Master Gardeners Terry Nevin, Marie Narlock, and Donna Gowan provide assistance in the Marin Ventures Garden.

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