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Support Our Horticultural Therapy Program

The horticultural therapy program, which was established in 2000, is made possible with support from members of the wider community like you. Our popular annual Secret Gardens of West Chester Tour and Plant Sale, now in its 15th year also helps to support this program.

Ways You Can Help

Make a financial gift to Barclay Friends to support our unique horticultural therapy program.

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  • $25 helps us purchase potting soil.
  • $50 purchases brightly colored annuals to place around our campus.
  • $100 supports supplies for flower arranging classes for a month.
  • $250 purchases a new raised bed for residents to garden while in a wheel chair.
  • $500 supports an herb garden for residents for the entire season.
See the link towards the bottom of the page to make a donation.

Donate gardening-related items

  • Potting soil of any kind and any amount.
  • Flats of annual flowers (geraniums, zinnias, etc.).
  • Trays with cells to help us grow plants.
  • Watering cans—residents enjoy helping to water plants.
To donate items, please contact Cheryl Bjornson by calling 610-696-5211, x 241 or by e-mail at

Give the gift of time

  • Share your gardening skills by helping to support our horticultural activities.
  • Volunteer at our annual Secret Gardens event.
To volunteer, please contact Elsa Haile by calling 610-696-5211, x 424 or by e-mail at

Mark your calendars:

  • Saturday, September 7, 2019, is the 15th Annual Secret Gardens of West Chester Tour and Plant Sale in the Everhart Park area of West Chester borough. All proceeds support our horticultural therapy program. Please Note: Due to construction at Barclay Friends, Chester County Art Association (CCAA), located at 100 North Bradford Avenue, will host our plant sale and “day of” ticket sales this year!
  • An exhibit of plein air artwork created during the first week of September in the gardens of Barclay Friends will be on display at CCAA Thursday–Sunday, Sept.12-15.

Thank you for considering support of this important program, and enjoy the slow and beautiful blossoming of spring!


Hydrangea bush in front of building.

Horticultural Therapy Program

Focused on creating a sense of home for residents, helping them to live productive and meaningful lives, and providing a reason for residents to feel good about themselves.

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The Caring Fund

Because of the support from generous donors, Barclay Friends has never asked a resident to leave because he or she has exhausted his or her financial means.

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Honor & Memorial Gifts

Can be a meaningful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special holiday, or as a tribute in honor of a special person in your life.

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Planned Gifts & How You Can Plan Now

Making a planned gift could include an estate gift, a charitable gift annuity, or a gift of stock.

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Charitable giving cannot only honor or pay tribute to your loved one, it can also benefit the future of Barclay Friends. Each gift enriches our community, pays respect to the lives of those we serve, and furthers our mission in “Together, transforming the experience of aging.®”

For more information, please contact the Development Office at 610-696-5211.