Doherty writes horticulture therapy ‘how-to’ book

A love of gardening was instilled in Janice Hoetker Doherty at a young age by her parents. She was taught how to plant vegetables in a straight row by her father and how to grow flowers from seed by her mother. Her recently published book, “A Calendar Year of Horticulture Therapy: How tending your garden can tend to your soul,” was written by Doherty in honor of her parents.

Doherty, of the Eastgate area, is a retired microbiologist who worked part-time at Christ Hospital for 25 years.

“I calmed myself down when I came home from work by working in the garden, I would go to the garden and pull weeds and my headaches would disappear,” she said.