Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we’ve enriched opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop numerous skills through the horticulture program.

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Leo

It’s not just the flowers that grow at Little City’s Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center — it’s the people too.

People like Leo, who had a hard time focusing and had some erratic behaviors before discovering all the benefits the horticulture program had to offer. It didn’t take long for Leo to channel his energy and focus into getting dirty and watching his hard work grow into beautiful plants and vegetables.

Horticulture Manager Sean Kretovics said Leo has grown as much or more than any other participant in Sean’s year and a half on the job.

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About the Horticulture Center

The horticulture program at Little City helps develop numerous skills in gardening and landscaping through four main teaching aspects: general horticulture skills, the life cycle of plants, care, and maintenance of indoor plants and outdoor gardening. Participants work in a team environment to maintain a garden and engage in social interaction with volunteers. Through instructional classes, participants have full involvement in the planning, planting, and care of two fields in which they grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

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“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services