Garden Programs

As an instructional outdoor space, the Sunflower Hill Garden is a medium for educational, therapeutic, and life skills training; offering adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive.

Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abundancies). Led by our knowledgeable and dedicated Garden staff, the curriculum is specially designed to offer unique experiences for individuals of all abilities.

Hands-On Garden Groups

Our in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups meet weekly and bi-weekly at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program, which is open to adult day and adult-in-transition programs and individuals over the summer, offers person-centered programming for adults with developmental disabilities, providing opportunities to learn, explore, and engage in new and supportive ways. Led by knowledgeable staff with a passion for both people and plants, curriculum addresses educational, therapeutic, and life-skill topics to cultivate important independent living skills. Hands-On groups are uniquely designed to honor all ability levels.

Hands-On Garden Group participants learn about work imperative to keeping a garden growing, tools and skills employed in such work, and enjoy extended time participating in field tasks practicing what they have learned. Participants explore tasting new and healthy foods, and engaging in the natural setting.

If you are a representative with an adult day or adult-in-transition program and interested in being notified of our upcoming program dates, please submit a request.


2022 Summer Hands-On Garden Groups

Join us for one or both of our six-week sessions of Summer Hands-On Garden Groups, offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer! Registration is open to six pairs (one participant and one parent/caregiver/support staff.) Each parent/caregiver/support staff should plan to attend and fully participate in each class, supporting the participant as needed.

SESSION 1

6 Weeks
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: $150*

TUESDAY GROUP (June 7 – July 12)

WEDNESDAY GROUP (June 8 – July 13)

THURSDAY GROUP (June 9 – July 14)

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2022

SESSION 2

6 Weeks
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: $150*

TUESDAY GROUP (July 19 – August 23)

WEDNESDAY GROUP (July 20 – August 24)

THURSDAY GROUP (July 21 – August 25)

Registration Deadline: July 12, 2022

 

* Our goal is to provide accessible programs. If the cost of our Hands-On Garden Group program is prohibitive, please contact us. We will assess each request on a case-by-case basis.


Sunflower Hill Garden

The Sunflower Hill Garden produces thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce each year, which is planted and harvested by our program participants. Over 80% of our produce is donated to local nonprofits. The remainder is donated to our program participants and volunteers as well as sold at our Harvest Stand.

Located at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, CA the Sunflower Hill Garden was co-founded by Christina Bogert and Lynn Monica and broke ground in 2015 with the mission to provide educational and vocational horticulture opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Contact us to learn how you can volunteer in the Garden.

Sunflower Hill Garden
455 Olivina Ave Livermore, CA 94550


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