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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Nature is said to have powerful healing abilities. The lesson is one a Boy Scout in Denton is learning more about with each flower he plants.

Finding stress therapy can be as easy as listening and looking to the outdoors.

Boy Scout Colton Koch hopes his community service project will provide patients at the Denton County MHMR Center the relief they seek.

Pointing the flowers in his garden the 13-year-old explained, “We’ve got the dark purples, some of the other colors and then the pink. We planted 12 rose bushes and a lot of the pansies.”

Koch doesn’t think his garden will cure people dealing with mental health and mental retardation problems – but maybe they can help lift a person’s spirit. “It’s not medicine. It’s the flowers and the peace of knowing that they are in a safe place that helps them a lot.”

The 7th-grader is teaming up with psychiatrist Dr. Bharat Patel to rebuild the garden that was damaged during a recent storm. Dr. Patel said, “Gardening is a hobby that can give you very good physical exercise and mental relaxation.”

The previous garden covered the entrance to the center and had received much public attention, because of its ability to ‘treat’ patients.

While the flowers and bushes may be small now, Colton says he is going to see the project through because he hopes one day they will all grow big enough to cover the front side of the building again.

“In a year we can come back, plant some new flowers, and try to make it look even bigger.”

That of course would mean more flowers for the patients and a sense of accomplishment for the young Boy Scout. “It provides peace just knowing I did something that’s helping a lot of people get better.”

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