Australia's Diverse Horticulture Therapy Industry

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
AUGUST 2017

A few years ago I finally finished my PhD study. The subject was horticulture based therapy and Australia. Working for the oldest and largest horticultural therapy organisation and Australia gave me some advantage but did not prepare me for the depth of diversity and the complexity of practice in our country {...} read more

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Feeling Blue? Go Gardening

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
JUNE 2017

We know that regular and frequent engagement with environment is good for human health. What is also clear is that gardening is great for mental health treatment and recovery." {...}  read more

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Study Proves The Real Power Of Flowers

BY MEL HOLMES, Consultant Practitioner
MARCH 2017

The idea of using horticulture as a form of therapeutic intervention has been around since the first people stomped out of caves in a huff after a bad day;s hunting but then they felt much better after getting a bit of gathering done to raise their spirits. In Occupational Therapy we use everyday activities to enhance independence and wellbeing{...} read more

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The Power Of Flowers

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
FEBRUARY 2017

In the 1960S 'flower power was part of the protest movement in the USA... These days I would speculate that people at the time were saying that 'flowers were symbolic of peace'... While war is fundamentally ugly and destructive, flowers have a fragile beauty{...} read more

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Speakers Inspire Delegates At Therapeutic Landscape Conference

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
JANUARY 2017

Highlighting the growing awareness and importance of therapeutic environments for Human health, and building on last years successful conference in Melbourne, the second Therapeutic Landscape conference was held in Sydney... keynote speaker Anna Baker Cresswell and Dr Theresa Scott kicked off the day telling of their inspiring experiences using horticultural therapy{...} read more

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Therapeutic Gardens And The Right Time For Flowers

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
SEPT 2016

Sometimes it is difficult to understand all difficulties others have faced in their lives. War in any form is destructive and traumatic, for those in areas of conflict it is very personal and often life changing, However, it has been found that for those affected by trauma, gardens can have a very positive effect in recovery. Although the use of horticulture as therapy goes back thousands of years.{...} read more

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Horticultral Therapy: How Gardening Assists People’s Health And Wellbeing

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
JULY 2016

We all know that, without plants, humans would cease to exist. All of our food comes directly or indirectly from plants. It is through transpiration that plants help circulate the world's water, moderate climate by storing carbon and give off oxygen. That's the big picture, but there is also a more direct and subtle relationship between plants, gardens and people.{...} read more

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Gardens Provide Opportunities For Aged Care

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
JUNE 2016

Gardens in aged care can provide an opportunity to give a person some independence in a natural environment where they are at ease. There is also a gentle affirmation that there is life outside of the confines of a building and the often regimented life of supported care. In other words, gardens can give a person a level of self-determination and an opportunity to achieve a positive empowering experience {...} read more

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Sensory Gardens What Does It Mean

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
APRIL 2016

As gardeners we are particularly fond of our gardens. They can develop over time and become our own meandering landscapes materpieces. We usually know our gardens intimately and, regardless of its appeal to others , it is our personal sensory space. {...} read more

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Therapeutic Gardens

BY DR CHRIS REED, Consultant Practitioner
AUTUMN 2016

Chris is a consultant practitioner for Kevin Heinze Grow, where he was the SEO for 9 years. In his current role, he advises both government and the non-government sector on the benefits of gardens and green space for human health. Chris was instrumental in initiating the first national therapeutic landscapes conference where he was also a presenter.  {...} read more

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