Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

Programs & Volunteering


Here are some of the Horticultural Therapy programs from around NSW.
Some may offer volunteer opportunity or work placements.

Click on the links for more information.



Royal Rehab                                                                      Ryde

The Royal Rehab Productive Garden Project is an everyday setting used as a context and mechanism for rehabilitation.  People undertaking rehabilitation following injury, illness or surgery use the Productive Garden as part of their rehabilitation.


Secret garden/North West Disability Services                    Richmond

The Secret Garden & Nursery is a not-for-profit community garden and nursery set on five beautiful acres at the Western Sydney University campus in Richmond, NSW. Members of the community are welcome to use the gardens, enjoy the farmyard animals and purchase plants from the nursery. The therapy garden offers a safe, supportive and educational environment where people with a range of abilities can learn horticultural skills through the "Food for Thought" program.


Street Growth                                                                     Darlinghurst

Street Growth is a not-for-profit charity focusing on mental health issues, aiming to improve the lives of homeless and disadvantaged individuals. The garden runs weekly though a growing season, providing meaning, purpose, support and opportunity to the homeless and disadvantaged.


Hobo Gro                                                                            Marrickville

Hobo Gro is an urban collective formed from a TAFE NSW Outreach project based on ecologically sustainable practise.
Participants are trained adult educators with broad experience in environmental sustainability
– developing compost systems, liquid fertilizer, vertical gardens and horticultural therapy.


Warrah Farm                                                                       Dural

In 1965 a biodynamic garden was established to provide practical life skills for young adults with disabilities. 


Community Greening                                                          Throughout NSW

 The Community Greening Program is a partnership between the Botanic Gardens Trust and Housing NSW. Its goal is to turn unused and neglected vacant land (mostly Housing NSW and Council land) into community gardens by involving and training social housing tenants across NSW. The Community Greening program has assisted in excess of 100 community groups comprising several thousand social housing tenants since it began in August 2000. For more information, please see the Community Greening fact sheet or visit the Royal Botanic Garden Community Greening web page.


Panania Free Rangers                                                         Sydney South West

Panania Free Rangers is a small, local team who wants to build community as well as increase the number of edible gardens in the area. They can help you plan and convert lawn into and edible garden. They also teach kids the importance of growing their own food by being involved in setting up and maintaining school gardens. 


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