Garden Therapy


Garden therapy (also known as horticultural therapy) uses gardens and the act of gardening as therapeutic tools for health. It recognises and maximises the potential of gardens and working in nature to calm the mind, rebuild the body, and energise the soul.

Suitable for clients with health challenges such as depression, stress, anxiety, ADHD, addiction recovery, PTSD, grief, reduced mobility, autism, dementia, loneliness and social isolation, stroke or surgery recovery, cancer, terminal illness, and many other conditions.

Depending on the client’s circumstances a garden therapy session could include:

Learning about plants – identification, uses, requirements, care, etc
Sowing seeds
Potting up seedlings
Making compost
Caring for hens and collecting eggs
Making and sharing food
Making herbal medicines or crafts with the harvest
Sorting and labelling seeds and/or plants and/or tools
Sitting in the garden talking
Sitting in the garden just listening to the birds
or other activities appropriate for the client, the garden, and the season.

Garden therapy can take place in the client’s garden or the therapist’s, or maybe even in a public place like a park, as appropriate.

It is suitable for anyone with (or even without) any kind of health challenges – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – although Health Blossoms’ garden is currently not yet wheelchair accessible. Children and some people with particular health challenges would need their caregiver or support person with them.

Garden therapy sessions are $100 for one hour, or $160 for two (consecutive) hours. This could include guidance and help with the client’s own garden if appropriate.