WAUSAU — Have you ever noticed how being in a garden can calm a person’s spirit? Explore this idea when the Marathon County Historical Society presents “The History and Future of Therapeutic Gardens,” another topic in its History Speaks series, at 2 p.m. March 16 at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

Photo courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.

Speaker Brianna Wright will look at the many ways gardens have provided health benefits throughout history, by reducing stress, creating community, lifting spirits, increasing self-esteem, and more. She’ll share specific examples of how plants have been used as a tool to improve physical and mental health of populations over the centuries. While therapeutic horticulture is as “ancient as the pyramids,” the practice is still being used as viable treatment option to improve the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being of people around the globe.

Wright is a horticulture educator with University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension in Marathon County.

There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.  Registration is not required.

For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.