Who are we?

The Julien Project is a registered charitable organization based in Guelph, Ontario that seeks to enrich lives and build stronger community through therapeutic gardening programs. Participants develop a sense of community as they work together to learn new skills, engage in independent thought, problem-solve and reflect on their experience.

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Our Programs

Within an environment of dignity and respect, we provide tailored horticultural therapy programs for individuals as part of a healthy community-building program to address issues of education, leadership, employment, poverty and isolation. Through horticultural skill development, participants develop their cognitive abilities, creativity and social skills, while also developing increased self-sufficiency and confidence.

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"I would highly recommend The Julien Project programming for others to increase their horticultural knowledge as well as for therapeutic use."

— Teacher, Holy Trinity Elementary School

 
 

Our Mission

The Julien Project is a community-based, charitable organization that provides social and therapeutic gardening opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities enabling personal growth, community membership, and environmental well-being.


Our Vision

Lives and communities enriched through therapeutic gardening.


Our Objectives

  • Connect with nature.
  • Improve physical health and wellbeing.
  • Provide horticultural skill development opportunities.
  • Reduce social isolation and anxiety.
  • Improve memory, concentration and problem solving ability.
  • Build self-esteem and confidence.

Our Values

  • Engaging a diverse array of individuals who might not otherwise seek or have access to participate in supported gardening initiatives.
  • Developing and promoting current social and therapeutic horticulture best practices
  • Maintaining a sustainable environmental approach.
  • Demonstrating social and therapeutic gardening as an effective strategy to promote health, enhance personal skills, and facilitate community integration.

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Get Involved

There are many opportunities for volunteering with The Julien Project — as a garden volunteer, board or committee member. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us. Currently there are a group of over 20 loyal volunteers, and more are always welcome. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, soil, tools, and outreach.  

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"Working at The Julien Project is so much fun. There are so many cool things to do!"

— Participant