Gardening as a therapy is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The gardening workshops cover a wide variety of techniques and processes which use gardens and garden based activities to promote physical, mental and social health of participants.
Patients enjoy the tactile ‘hands on’ approach, where a skilled instructor provides insight into the secrets of plants and what makes them thrive. Whether you are designing a therapeutic garden that is designed to facilitate interaction with healing elements of nature, or growing herbs, balcony gardens–come and join this group. It is also a way to connect with other people who are in similar situations.
Benefits for cancer patients and carers
Gardening therapy may include connecting with nature, social interaction and learning new skills.
Mental and emotional wellbeing accrues from gardening as a healing or therapeutic process.
It can also encourage positive feelings.
Meet your Gardening Teacher
Darren Martin: Darren joined the Community Greening team in October 2018 after being a primary school teacher for 24 years. While teaching in primary schools, Darren was a passionate advocate for environmental issues and providing students with meaningful opportunities to grow food in safe and healthy environments. It was during this time, that he met the Community Greening team and established a relationship based on mutual values that continues today. Darren combines his qualifications in horticulture and permaculture to provide Community Greening clients with personalised hands-on activities that enrich their gardening experiences and builds community.
Garden workshops time and location
Our Garden Workshops are run onsite at Liverpool Hospital on the balcony of the John Richard Kuhlmann Wellness Centre. Please refer to our Program Events Calendar for clinic days and times.
Our Wellness Programs are a FREE service for South Western Sydney Local Health District cancer patients and their carers. We do suggest a donation of $7.50 per class. This donation goes towards funding the continuation of our programs. Our programs are currently funded by donations and/or sponsors.