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Recognizing the benefits of horticultural therapy to developmentally disabled children and adults, GEC members built its first greenhouse in 1979, and established one of the first horticultural therapy programs of its kind in the Greater New York area. 

With the opening of a new, larger, state-of-the-art facility in 1995, GEC has expanded and enhanced its horticultural services both to program participants and to the local community. The Greenhouse Program is now a regular component of the Day Hab and Sheltered Employment and 4 Seasons, Day Treatment and Pre-Vocational Programs. 

Houseplants and herbs grown by Day Hab participants are marketed through neighborhood stores, and at community events, festivals and fairs. The public is invited to visit our Greenhouseto purchase plants, or to avail themselves of our potting and "plant sitting" services. 

The Greenhouse Program also maintains gardens at some of GEC's program sites and residences, and arranges field trips to local parks and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

GEC is a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA).

For more information, please call Shelley Wine, Greenhouse Program Coordinator, at 718.833.6633.