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An elderly woman leans over to smell a lush flowerbed of lavender in sprawling gardens surrounding an imposing early 20th-century palace in a pastoral corner of eastern Poland.Alina Anasiewicz, the director of the Ruskie Piaski care home, which is one of the leading centers in Poland for garden therapy, says she came across it on a 2013 study trip to Switzerland.On the other side of the palace, three patients are working hard, digging a vegetable garden.In 2013, Switzerland handed her a check for 1.4 million zloty ($370,000) to create the therapeutic park, with flower and vegetable gardens as well as an orchard, at the care home.Patients at the Ruskie Piaski care home can stay as long as their condition requires medical supervision and are able to leave for family visits or have visitors, but their daily garden therapy can depend on the weather.
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