Everyday Heroes

Veteran Designs Tabletop Gardens for People in Wheelchairs

His inspiration for the project was personal.


When Terry Garrett's brother was diagnosed with stage IV COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), he lost his ability to do one of his favorite hobbies. Garrett knew how important it was for his brother to use his green thumb, so he set out to create a solution. He came up with the idea for the Elevated Garden, a tabletop garden designed specifically for people in wheelchairs.

Only a year after Garrett built his first elevated garden, his brother was tending to 30 mini-gardens and growing all of his own produce for the winter.

"I saw how it benefited him with an improvement in his quality of life, and an increased sense of self worth and accomplishment," Garrett said.

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Garrett went on to patent and trademark his design so that he could produce and sell them for use in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Garrett also recognized the potential for the garden to be a unique educational tool for teachers to use in the classroom.

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The tables are 30 inches tall so that a wheelchair can easily fit underneath. The frame is made of 14 gauge welded steel and all surfaces are rounded and smooth for safety. You can purchase the tables with or without caster wheels to increase mobility. Garrett is a proud veteran, and all parts for the gardens are produced and assembled in the U.S.

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By helping to make gardening accessible to everyone, Garrett earned a nomination from his peers to be featured as a "Horticultural Hero" by Seed Your Future. He now hopes to continue his work uplifting disabled and geriatric patients by developing handicap-accessible gardening tools.

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You can purchase your own Elevated Garden by visiting the company's website .

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