Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

28 Jul 2017

Plants for Therapeutic Gardens Presentation

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Elizabeth Swane joined us recently at the Telopea Centre to present her workshop for Cultivate NSW.


A full house with 35 attendees filled the Telopea Centre to hear Elizabeth Swane present her recommendations for suitable plants to use in therapeutic gardens on Saturday 22nd July. 


The name Swane is synonymous with roses and the family nursery in Dural, so the workshop was popular among the community and professionals alike.  Elizabeth is a horticulturist and has been involved in wholesale nursery work, researching for popular TV shows like Burke’s Backyard and providing information for countless newsletter articles and magazines. Her knowledge is extensive and spans over 40 years.


Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and generosity is obvious. She is passionate about gardens of all kinds and freely shares her knowledge and personal stories about plants that are special to her family. There were significantly more than the advertised 10 plant recommendations, I guess an indication that Elizabeth is quite fond of so many for different reasons.


Plants were donated by Planters Patch Nursery and included an array of sensory samples for sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Elizabeth talked about how each plant stimulated the different sensory elements and offered at least a couple of examples of each. 


Reminiscence plants for evoking memories in aged care and dementia clients were shown, especially highlighting older style plants that are making a “come back”. Elizabeth then demonstrated how to take cuttings as a therapeutic activity and offered a number of easy to strike plants. Posies were also featured for people who can venture into the garden and pick flowers for displaying indoors.


A delightful afternoon tea was shared with a chance for meeting and greeting the workshop participants.

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