300 Urbana Road, Limestone, TN 37681 www.crumleyhouse.com
The Crumley House Therapeutic Garden Project became a dream for the Crumley House founder, June Barrett who contacted me requesting help from Master Gardeners to help
the Crumley House residents create a vegetable garden. We fulfilled her dream with the ground breaking and building raised beds in April, 2016 and assisted the residents in their first planting
of seeds in June, 2016.
The Crumley House, located in Limestone, TN, provides day and residential assistance and support as a brain injury rehabilitation center. A majority of the
residents participate in the therapeutic garden program.
The garden includes eight raised beds and five wheel-chair accessible beds.
The residents participate in planting spring, summer and fall crops. All crops harvested are used in the
Crumley House kitchen and the residents enjoy fresh vegetable meals.
Master Gardeners educate and assist the residents with their seasonal crops. Spring of 2016, Master
Gardeners choose seeds and plants provided by Evergreen Garden Center in Johnson City and assisted the residents in planting their first crop. Summer, 2017, Master Gardeners assisted in
garden clean up and the planting of their summer garden. This year, 2018, the residents took on the entire project themselves, with a little Master Gardener assistance, of clean up, preparing
and planting their seasonal gardening.
The Crumley House Therapeutic Garden is an ongoing project for Master Gardeners to provide instruction,
experience, education, and encouragement to the Crumley House residents for their seasonal gardening. It is very rewarding for the residents to see that they can contribute to a meaningful
program, see the benefits reaped, and nutritiously enjoyed.
Penny Rutledge. Project Leader