Isn’t it amazing that there are some gardens you visit where the moment you step into them you immediately feel relaxed and harmonious!

There’s something about the way they look, their design and the way they are planted that creates such that positive vibe. So, what makes a garden feel so therapeutic?

Tara Cochrane-Graham is a landscape architect with DESIGNWELL who specialises in designing gardens with soul and purpose, and as the President of Horticultural Therapy South Australia. Tara tells us all about horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens.

Horticultural Therapy South Australia was established in 2005 by a group of carers and therapists working in aged care. Their aim was to create a discussion group for others like themselves using or interested in Horticultural Therapy.

Horticultural therapy is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

The recently completed Mary Potter Hospice Healing Garden at Calvary Hospital is an excellent example of how plants and people combine to calm the spirit and offer a place of reflection and comfort!


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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.