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Therapeutic Garden for Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services

Posted on 25 May 2017

Our Clients in the Seniors Hub and HHRCS DisAbility Services have worked together to develop a picturesque Therapeutic Garden in our Day Centre. For many people, gardening has been an important part of their lives. Gardeners often say they feel alive, healthy and happy after spending time digging in the dirt, pruning shrubs and picking flowers.

Horticultural therapy is a process wherein gardening activities are used to promote equilibrium between the body, mind and spirit of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Plants and gardens have provided peace and harmony for many centuries.

Our Garden has provided a venue for gentle physical activity and has helped improve our Clients physical and psychological wellbeing. Gardening has also increased skills, reduced loneliness and social isolation and has provided volunteering opportunities within our community.

As Hans Christian Anderson said, "just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

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