Helen Lake


Helen Lake is a trained Horticultural Therapist and experienced Master Gardener in Frederick County, Virginia. She is an active member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association and graduate of the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Colorado.

Helen Headshot GreeningHelen has over thirty five years of professional experience in program development and implementation.

As a trained professional horticultural therapist she utilizes horticulture to create structured, purposeful programs to meet specific therapeutic and rehabilitative goals for individuals and groups.

Previous to starting Greening Your Dragons, LLC Helen was a volunteer with the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. While volunteering with the VA she developed  a Horticultural Therapy program at the VA’s Hope Mental Health Center.  She managed a full size greenhouse, developed specific HT activities for veteran outpatients diagnosed with PTS, TBI, depression, and addiction. She also recruited and trained local WVA Master Gardeners in supporting goals of HT in individual sessions outdoors and in the mental health center.

Horticultural Therapy Educational Exhibit

Helen is a an active member in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association.  Helen is currently the Education Chair and her responsibilities include heading the “Garden in the Valley Symposium” on 15 March 2014. This is an all day educational forum for experienced and novice gardeners where professionals in the horticulture field will  speak on a variety of topics. Given the association’s primary focus is educating the public, Helen provides training and educational opportunities to fellow Master Gardeners to assist with the development of their public speaking abilities and the expansion of their knowledge base in key topics of interest.

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Helen had the honor of presenting at the “bonjour paris!” flower show, hosted by the Winchester Council of Garden Clubs on 16 November 2013 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The basket encouraged people to dip their fingers in the soil.

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