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...

BBC Radio Kent

I was invited to join the BBC Radio Kent Sunday Gardening programme on December 1st 2019 to talk about Plants for Winter Interest.  As a regular listener to the show it was a treat to meet Andy Garland again, the show's host and a keen gardener, and one of the Sunday Gardening resident horticultural experts Steve Bradley.Winter can easily...

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...

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...

Gardens and the environment

Sometimes it seems that you can hardly read or listen to the news without hearing statistics about the environment, from the loss of insect populations, destruction of rain forests to the number of species approaching extinction.  But I want you to think about a different statistic and this one is part of the solution not the problem.  However, that...

Health Matters Radio Show

In August 2018 I spoke on the Health Matters Radio Show for Kent Channel Radio, interviewed by Neil D’Silva. Together Caroline Alldis, Natural Mindfulness practitioner and I explained how Gardening for the Mind blends the benefits of gardening and mindfulness and how we came to work together to offer these unique workshops.  Listen to the radio interview here https://www.gardeningbydesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Gardening-for-the-Mind-Health-Matters-Radio.mp3Hear the whole show (no....

Community learning for mental health

2018 Festival of Learning Nominated TutorAs a tutor for Kent Adult Education Services I was delighted to be nominated for teaching ‘Learning Well’ gardening courses for mental health and wellbeing across west and mid Kent and Medway.The programme brought community learning to people who have not previously accessed Adult Education services and I worked with five groups ranging from a...

How to buy plants

Spring is a good time to buy plants to fill up spaces in your ornamental borders to be sure of a wonderful display in the summer.  But before you can plant, you need to buy and there are few things that a gardener likes more than the chance to acquire more plants.For herbaceous plants remember that you are really...

Soil Conditioning, what and why

We are usually still enjoying summer at least at the start of September but soon gardeners’ thoughts will turn to the autumn planting season.  Once air temperatures drop and we have some steady rain (theoretically after a warm, dry summer!) there are a few weeks when conditions are ideal for splitting, moving and planting new perennials and shrubs.  The...