Digging Deep

The Phoenix Garden Project at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) offers people in the prison an innovative arts-based curriculum that combines mindfulness and creativity with hands-on gardening and landscaping training.  The Phoenix Gardeners at HMP connect to the natural world while strengthening other bonds too—to the self, to each other, and to the community. 

 As all gardeners know, time spent nurturing a garden creates not only a beautiful outer world, but a brighter inner world, too.  Gardening and nature-based therapies have the potential to transform lives.  The Phoenix Garden at HMP, like prison gardening programs around the world, has a proven potential to end ongoing cycles of incarceration, and to create a safer and healthier community for all.