Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

4 Jul 2017

Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

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Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference Keynote Speakers to include Amy Wagenfeld OT and Daniel Winterbottom landscape architect, authors of Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces.

Amy Wagenfeld

Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, holds specialty certification in environmental modifications through the American Occupational Therapy Association, and certification in Healthcare Garden Design through the Chicago Botanical Garden.

Her work focuses on design, programming, and evaluation of outdoor environments that support physical and emotional rehabilitation and learning. She holds faculty positions in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University and Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, is Director, Research and Programming for Memory Trees Foundation, and is Principal of design+cOnsulTation. 

Amy presents and publishes on topics relating interprofessional design and access to nature. Recent projects include co-designing three memory care gardens, participating as a team member that developed evidence based design guidelines for site design for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Naval Military Center, a sensory garden individuals with autism, a serenity garden at Wekiwa State Park, and serving on the design team for two American Society of Landscape Architecture award-winning therapeutic gardens.

She is co-author, with Daniel Winterbottom, of the award-winning book, Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces published by Timber Press in 2015. 

Daniel Winterbottom

Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA, is a landscape architect with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University.

Daniel is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, USA. He has developed several programs for his students including the participatory design design/build program where with his students he works with communities to design and build projects that address the social and ecological concerns of the community. He has completed projects in Seattle, New York City, Bedford Hills New York, Mexico, Guatemala, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Croatia. In 2006 he developed the Healing Garden Certificate program at the University of Washington.

Daniel is co-author, with Amy Wagenfeld, of the award-winning book, Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces published by Timber Press in 2015. 

Sophie Thomson

Sophie Thomson lights up the screen as ABC television's Gardening Australia South Australian presenter, where her enthusiasm for gardening inspires people of all ages. She is also a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author of three gardening books, broadcaster and horticulturalist.

Sophie is known for her environmental outlook, infectious enthusiasm, vitality and love of sustainable gardening. She describes herself as an “obsessive-compulsive gardener” who, were it not for the demands of her career and family, would spend every day in the garden.

She is passionate about the role gardening can play in people's lives as a stress reliever. With more people claiming to feel stressed in their daily lives, let alone having to deal with the challenges faced when experiencing natural disasters such as flood or fires, she is convinced that gardening has a vital role to play in individual and community health, which is being backed up by research and engagement worldwide.

She is an advocate for the worldwide Nature Play movement, which helps kids develop a lifelong connection with nature, and strongly believes in creating green backyards and green open spaces where kids can play freely, reducing their screen time in favour of green time. 

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