A belief in the ability to, and benefits of, getting one’s hands in the soil.
Our work takes a sociological approach by considering not just the individual benefits of therapeutic horticulture, but also the role TH has in fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion at a social or community level. It does this with a view to better understanding the potential impact TH can have on the social status of its participants, their wellbeing and the ways they meaningfully engage in within it and why it is important.
Research + Consultation.
We believe in participatory and collaborative research done alongside research participants in a way that privilege the voices of program participants through ethical and person-centred appropriate data collection and analysis methods.
Whether you want to build a new gardening program, formalise your existing therapeutic activities into a written program or simply have it evaluated, we’re happy to lend our expertise.
We can consult on design; plant choice; material use; program structure, accessibility and inclusivity; activities and processes. We will provide a user-friendly and accessible report with recommendations based on evidence-based best practice.
We specialise in programming for a wide range of contexts including: Disability, social housing, schools, after school care, early years’ education, aged care, community gardening, staff wellbeing and corporate volunteering.
If you work with people you think would benefit from therapeutic horticulture, we can design and develop a program for you.
Experienced, engaging and knowledgeable, we turn presentations into dynamic conversations with the audience.
Speaking topics include:
- Children and gardening
- Exploring the impact of greenspaces on student wellbeing
- I don’t just want a nice day out! Making meaning in therapeutic horticulture programs for disability.
- Not just helping you – Taking a broader societal impact approach to the benefits of therapeutic gardening.
- Building capacity through collaboration: A dynamic approach to therapeutic programming.
Training and professional development.
An experienced university educator, Kate skilfully delivers a range of training or professional development workshops on a suite of topics.
Workshops can be tailored to suit participant needs, existing skills, knowledge and interests. We are also able to custom design a half or full day workshop or professional development course specifically for you, your staff or your event.