As a qualified and experienced Horticulturist and Garden Designer I have worked in horticulture, design, landscape architecture, food growing and permaculture, both commercially and within community organisations, since 2001 and in further education as a Lecturer with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and South Lanarkshire College.
The Green World was one of the first steps which led me to develop my own therapeutic practice and I gain so much personally from working with the Earth. Before undertaking my studies in horticulture, I was an indoor gardener for many years - and still am - as I did not have access to an outdoor space, and this is also a wonderful way to work with plants and connect with them in our environment. Any little space in our homes and in our lives can be enhanced by plants.
For almost 10 years I worked with the land on allotments but in recent years my work has been dedicated to the design, creation and construction of WytchWood Potager, an organic medicine and healing garden based at my home practice and this is now my main horticultural focus, with one to one private sessions, workshops and creating decoctions, elixirs, tinctures and remedies from the harvest of the garden to use in my practice and in the products I create for clients. Plants are our allies and I respect both their physical medicinal properties and their spiritual teachings when working in harmony with them, and this integral to my work as a shamanka and spiritual mediator.
What Is Therapeutic Horticulture?
Therapeutic Horticulture uses plants, gardens and outdoor green spaces to help improve our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. It allows us to learn new skills or improve existing ones, and to develop our communication, interaction and connection with each other and our environment. Gardening therapy offers a greater understanding that we are Nature, and not separate from it, and by nurturing new life and growth, it gives us the opportunity to nurture ourselves. I have seen first hand its incredible transformative effects and how gardening can develop a greater awareness and knowledge of ourselves, our own unique gifts and skills, our confidence and gives us a sense of purpose, personal achievement and fulfilment.
How Can It Help?
Gardening can help support recovery from stress and trauma, providing a rehabilitative environment, no matter what our life experiences have been. It can also provide us with an opportunity to learn more about food growing, deepening our connection and understanding of where our food comes from. It is incredibly satisfying to eat something you have grown yourself - not only does it taste wonderful but we reap the benefits of the time, energy, dedication, love and care we put into its growth.
Gardening is an inclusive activity, suitable for all ages and all levels of mobility, learning ability and skill, and we don't need to know about plants or growing to be involved and reap the benefits.
Flourish One To One Sessions
Private one to one sessions include aspects of holistic counsel, therapy, meditative practice and gardening - the intention is to encourage re-connection with yourself through the therapeutic medicine of the plant world and the energy of the dedicated meditative space. Sessions may include practical gardening aspects of seed sowing, watering, feeding and harvesting, dependent on the season and weather.
The sessions are facilitated at WytchWood Potager, the dedicated garden at my home based practice in a quiet suburban area in South Lanarkshire. Filled with over 55 types of medicinal herbs, it is an organic garden that welcomes wildlife and is a sensory garden as well as a meditative space.
One to one sessions are suitable for everyone but are especially useful for clients living with trauma, PTSD, life limiting illness, terminal diagnoses, chronic health conditions, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Prices begin at £65 for a 60 minute session. Please contact me using the form below for more information.
A range of workshops will be available at WytchWood Potager soon. If you would like to be updated on these, the Flourish email newsletter provides regular updates on what's new - there is a subscription link at the bottom of the page.
Social Engagement and Community Projects
If you are a community organisation and would like to contact me about my services, please get in touch using the form below.
Commercial and Residential Enquiries
Currently my focus is on social and therapeutic engagement projects however if you are looking to design and develop a sensory border, medicinal garden, potager, food growing area or other dedicated small green space in your own garden, I occasionally take private clients - please use the form below to enquire.
Therapeutic Horticulture Enquiry
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