Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

Welcome to Cultivate NSW

Cultivate NSW is the peak body for horticultural therapy in NSW, bringing together everyone who is interested in health and wellness through gardens and natural environments.

We encourage positive change in people's lives through the use of Social & Therapeutic Horticulture and can show you how to gain the skills for a rewarding career in the emerging field of therapeutic gardening.


Who we are

Cultivate NSW is a registered charity and is governed by a volunteer management committee

Our Members

Our members are health professionals, garden designers, researchers, educators, community gardeners, carers and volunteers. You can find out more about becoming a member here.

What we do

  • Create opportunities for people/groups to network and share knowledge.
  • Assist industry-specific training, encouraging the implementation of best practice.
  • Stimulate the development of new projects which will create opportunities for people to benefit from horticultural activities.
  • Increase awareness of Horticultural therapy to the general public.
  • Provide access to information and resources specific to Therapeutic Horticulture.


What is Horticultural Therapy?

Horticultural therapy is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit of those people for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Horticultural therapy is currently being used in hospital, rehabilitation centres, disability services, aged care facilities and a range of community settings, including people's homes and community gardens.

Want to keep in touch?

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The Therapy of Wild Play
We are kicking off the New Year in Playful style!
Come and join us for a special evening focused on the benefits of the outdoors for children at the new Wild Play centre at Centennial Park.
Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Destiny Haven for Women
Read about a residential place of healing for women whose lives have been shattered by life controlling illnesses such as drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders and self-harm and how their gardening program has helped set many free to step into their destiny.
Wednesday, 28th February 2018
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