National Gardening (Therapy) Week

National Garden Week 2020 saw me writing a blog post for the ellenor Hospice on how we can all benefit from time spent enjoying our garden or a local park.  With current global worries about COVID-19 and much reduced personal contact with family, friends and community, the ability of nature to relax and restore make those green spaces we...

Care Home Residents enjoy gardening

Care Home Residents Living With Dementia Respond Well To Gardening ActivitiesResearch shows that engaging with nature benefits the mental as well as physical wellbeing of people of all ages. The immediacy and tactile nature of table-top gardening can provide engagement and sensory stimulation for residents in the later stages of dementia, when verbal communication and deteriorating memory can...

The Mindful Planter

There are many ways in which gardening can be your everyday mindful activity and not just in summer, as my blog from November shows.  Contact me if you want to find your own route to Gardening for the Mind.November is not the most exciting month in the garden but I am always cheered to come home to a planter...

The Gardening by Design website

Welcome to my newly updated website.  The website address and colours remain the same, but much else has changed to reflect a focus on Gardening for Wellbeing whether I am advising an individual in their own garden or creating a garden therapy programme for an organisation.The photographs are all new too, many from a photoshoot with Jane Mucklow Photography...

Care Home Management magazine

I was delighted to write an article for the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of the online magazine Care Home Management about bringing gardening activities into care homes and the benefits for residents.In recent years research and pilot projects have shown that time spent out in nature and meaningful nature-based activities bring significant wellbeing benefits to people of all ages.  Gardening...

Gardening for Wellbeing with the Dementia Cafe

Seasonal Gardening activities improve wellbeing at Dementia Cafés & Peer Support Groups These meetings, run by The Alzheimer’s Society in Kent and Medway for people living with dementia provide vital support, information and a space to socialise. The meetings include activities to stimulate and engage the attendees through reminiscence, use of different senses, creativity and fun.Since 2016, I have been...

A garden for entertaining

From June to September, if we are lucky with the weather, I expect that many people who are not regular gardeners will spend their leisure time out in the garden.  Whilst providing outdoor space and a lovely view all year round, it is in summer that the garden as a place for relaxing and entertaining comes into its own. ...

Gardening for the Mind Spring 2019

I am pleased to announce that the first Gardening for the Mind workshop of 2019  will take place on Friday March 15th from 10am-1pm near Tunbridge Wells.The theme will be "Welcome to Spring" and you will find out how Gardening & Mindfulness blend together to boost wellbeing in nature.  Both gardening and mindfulness are recognised as great ways to support...

Gardening trends – where is gardening going?

Predicting the future and fashion trends is something of a mug’s game but I am interested in the general direction of travel for gardening; not the cat walk world of show garden design but the role of gardening in people’s lives and communities.  Over the last few years I have seen three influences develop that can complement and combine...

Together TV ‘The Hospice’

The TogetherTV fly-on-the-wall documentary series The Hospice showed all aspects of life at ellenor Hospice in Gravesend, Kent for patients, families, staff and volunteers.Episode 12 included the garden therapy group, Green Shoots, that I have run since summer 2017.  You can see and hear patients talking about what they like about the group and me explaining how gardening is...