Holistic Gardens at Texas A&M
What is Holism?
Holism is a theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles.
Holistic means relating to or concerned with wholes or
with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into
parts. For example, holistic medicine treats the mind and the body; holistic ecology views
man and the environment as a single system.
The Holistic garden is a garden in which all interacting
systems are taken into account, the garden, the gardener, and the natural ecosystem of
which they are a part. It is designed with two goals, allow anyone to garden regardless of
age, physical or mental ability and to interact with nature.
Many Gardens in One!
The holistic garden consists of many small gardens. Each
garden has a specific purpose that incorporates many gardening techniques with a wide
array of garden plants and designed for persons of various physical abilities.
Most of the management of the gardens are done through
Hort 301 and 302, lecture and lab courses in horticultural techniques. The focus in these
two courses is on the garden and techniques used in gardening. It is also used to
demonstrate adaptive techniques an tools for students in Hort 335, a course in
sociohorticulture which puts much emphasis on horticultural therapy and gardens as a tool
in neighborhood rejuvenation.