Finding Calm Through Gardening at Freeman’s Caregiver Support Group

Tools and techniques to prepare a fall garden

(Joplin, MO) – The Freeman Health System Caregiver Support Group will host guest speakers Emily Shores-Maxwell and Lily Moore from Joplin Greenhouse & The Coffee Shop on Thursday, September 16.

Participants will learn the tools and techniques needed to prepare their gardens for fall and plan ahead for a spring garden. They will also provide a fun interactive houseplant activity. Gardening has been proven to have a calming effect on individuals and can be a way to reduce stress. There is pleasure in having flowering plants or vegetables to nurture, which can also provide healthy, organic produce. Gardening combines the physical activity of planting and watering with time outdoors to absorb vitamin D.

Facilitated by Freeman Geriatric Center social worker Jennifer Berry, MSW, LCSW, the support group meets from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Freeman East conference rooms. Physical distancing and mask wearing will be practiced.

RSVP to Kathy Mason at or call 417.347.8463.

About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit


Kathy Mason
Freeman Health System

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