Helen Lake

Helen completed her training at the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado from 2010-2012, successfully completing an intense certificate course program in Horticultural Therapy.

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.

Helen is an active member in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association. She has held a variety of leadership positions since completing her training and certification as a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in 2005.

Helen has over thirty five years of professional experience in program development and implementation which she utilizes in developing relevant and mindful programs and horticultural therapy activities for her clients.

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



Member of AHTA

Member of AHTA

Member of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association (NSVMGA)

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.

At Work in the Garden of the Soul

 Winchester Star – August 6, 2013

Master Gardeners with Virginia Cooperative Extension

Winchester Star – May 3, 2013