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...

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...

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...

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....

Gardens, cake & good causes

What better combination is there than visiting a lovely garden and enjoying tea and cake, knowing that you are supporting a good cause?  Of course I am talking about the wonderful summer institution of ‘gardens open for charity’, whether these are via the National Gardens Scheme in the UK (aka The Yellow Book) or individual and village openings, often...

Wealden Times June 2017

The Wealden Times 2017 Midsummer Fair included a Garden Hub and Healthy Living Festival and to highlight this I wrote an article on the benefits of getting out into a garden for the June 2017 issue.You can find the online magazine here  move the slider bar to page 171 for “Plant Therapy”Full text of the articleIt’s official. Gardening is good...

Gardening is good for body & soul

As gardeners we know that gardening is good for you. Here are just a few of the benefits that you get from gardening. Share with friends and family who are so busy looking after their wellbeing that they think that they do not have time for gardening and let’s convert a few more people!Whether allotment, garden or balcony gardening...