Therapeutic Horticulture

Learn a little about Therapeutic Horticulture

What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

Therapeutic horticulture is a process in which gardening is utilised to improve the body, mind and spirit of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. 

Therapeutic horticulture uses a diverse range of horticultural activities including plant propagation, plant care, floral arrangement, visits to natural environments and garden centres or parks and garden tours. These activities can evoke a sensory experience, create conversations and community connections.

Why choose Therapeutic Horticulture?

Researchers and practitioners working within the field of therapeutic horticulture continue to report the benefits of time spent gardening and in nature for wellbeing.

Evidence shows a person’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing improves through meaningful interactions within the garden, and with others in the garden. These interactions may occur via passive enjoyment of a space or through active participation in gardening.

Benefits include: lowered anxiety, improved concentration, developing or rehabilitating motor skills, memory stimulation and an increased connection to community.

Gardening offers an opportunity for people to feel empowered by the choices they make and develop resilience through practicing problem-solving skills.

In social gardening contexts, it encourages team work and communication whilst lessening social isolation and increasing opportunities for community inclusion and belonging.

Who benefits from Therapeutic Horticulture?

In short….. everyone benefits!

It is important to remember that gardens are not just an enjoyable place for people with disabilities, ageing or diverse health needs, they are a beautiful and healthy resource for everyone. Gardens benefit family, friends, carers and the entire community.

Want to know more?

If you would like to learn more about the horticulture therapy programs that Gail runs please do not hesitate to send a message via the Contact page on this website. 

I am a member of the Horticulture Therapy Australia organisation, you can learn more about that organisation on their website at Therapeutic Horticulture Australia