I'm so excited!!

September 05, 2017

I'm so excited!!

Welcome to my brand spanking new store!

I'm so excited to introduce the garden activity signs to you! They were enthusiastically received by my garden program participants in a residential care home, and I hope you will find them useful and enjoyable for your garden visitors too. 

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Drop by to see what's new on the blog. After 23 years as a horticultural therapist and educator I have lots to share about:

  • nature appreciation for daily refreshment and for therapeutic benefit,
  • planning and leading garden programs (like all the mistakes I made that you can avoid),
  • collaborative design of therapeutic gardens and how to make them accessible for people with diverse abilities,
  • and this more recent interest of mine: garden signage that encourages independent engagement with nature.

Glad you stopped by!

Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC 




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Noticing Nearby Nature: An Underestimated Mental Health Strategy

February 19, 2018

Noticing nature in your daily life can increase your happiness and well-being. It's easy to underestimate how much better you'll feel!

This article was published in the winter/spring 2018 edition of Psychologica, the OACCPP Magazine: Putting Research to Practice.

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10 Signs to Engage your Garden Visitors
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January 27, 2018

Signage seems to be a fairly undeveloped strategy for encouraging engagement in therapeutic gardens and school gardens. My theory is that more garden engagement generally means more therapeutic benefit.

This article was published in the winter edition of Growth Point, Thrive's newsletter.

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Danny's Orchid Therapy
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January 22, 2018

Having an orchid to care for and call his own turned the daily struggle of showing up for outpatient psychiatric treatment into eager anticipation. This heartwarming story illustrates that bonding with a plant can be therapeutic, transforming a child’s attitude and behaviour and supporting his mental health.

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