Training & Talks on Therapeutic Horticulture
I’m a fully qualified teacher and horticulturist with 18 years’ experience of planning and delivering projects, training sessions, courses, workshops and talks for a range of organisations and groups. I specialise in social, community and therapeutic horticulture and have worked in a range of settings from medium and low security in-patients’ wards to schools, residential settings and community gardens. I work with those with mental health challenges, learning and physical disabilities, learning difficulties, hearing impairments and those who are socially excluded.
I offer bespoke workshops and talks for those who would like to work with plants and gardens to improve others’ wellbeing. These could take place in an enclosed therapeutic garden within a school, hospital ward garden or residential setting. Alternatively you may have a community therapeutic garden or park project that would like to involve a range of different user groups from those living with dementia to young adults with learning differences.
I can focus on developing the practical skills and knowledge needed to develop and run therapeutic garden projects. This includes overall garden evaluation, development and management. I can also support you, your staff and volunteers to create a year-long programme of engaging, meaningful and accessible therapeutic gardening tasks suitable for a range of participants and user groups at your garden site. The training can be delivered face-to-face at your site across the North West of England (or further afield by arrangement). In addition or alternatively, online sessions can be offered via Zoom.
If you would like me to deliver a customised workshop, course or talk for your staff, team or project please contact me to discuss your requirements and how I can support you.
“ Designing, Planting and Using a Therapeutic Garden is a wonderful new contribution to the literature supporting therapeutic gardens. Beautifully presented, practical, informative and educational, this easy to read book will appeal to both experienced horticultural therapists but also those new to the sector. All practitioners working within the Defence Gardens Scheme (DGS) across the UK, will find it an invaluable reference not only for developing new facilities and features but also ensuring the essential practical maintenance and health and safety requirements are not forgotten. I highly recommend it.”
Sally Coulthard, MBE CF FRSA - Founder and CEO Defence Gardens Scheme
'This is an excellent book, beautifully produced. I could have done with this at the beginning of my adventure into Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.'
Christina Hughes Nind, PD Dip Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, ACIHort
"Designing, Planting, and Using a Therapeutic Garden" is an exceptional guide for anyone interested in creating a beautiful, functional, and therapeutic garden. The book is authored by experienced social and therapeutic horticulture practitioner and freelance trainer and consultant Sue Jeffries, who has thoroughly researched and compiled all the necessary information required to create a therapeutic garden that can be used for healing and rehabilitation.
The book is well-organized, with each chapter providing valuable insights into the different aspects of garden design and therapy. All the essential aspects of garden design are covered, including planning and surveying, concept planning, and planting plans, as well as an in-depth section detailing therapeutic activities in the garden including edible gardening, therapeutic plants, incorporating seasonal interest to keep the garden engaging year-round and 40 seasonal, graded therapeutic activities with design requirements and benefits listed."
Imogen Jackson, Ecotherapist and Wellbeing Programmes Leader at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
“I recently purchased a copy of Designing, Planting and Using a Therapeutic Garden to consider as one of two required texts for the students in the Horticultural Therapy Certificate program for which I am lead instructor, and have subsequently made it one of the two recommended texts for the course …. I particularly appreciate the focus on the importance of enrolling stakeholders, as some 40 years of working in healing and therapeutic garden design has taught me that a failure to engage those who will use and maintain a garden early in the design process and the failure to build provisions for ongoing maintenance into project funding are the two main reasons that gardens fail, often becoming abandoned and derelict spaces.”
Ann Kent HTR HTM, Registered Horticultural Therapist, Canada
"Sue Jeffries’ book, “Designing, Planting, and Using a Therapeutic Garden” is a meticulously curated treasure trove of present-day considerations for the creation of therapeutic gardens and activities that enable human/plant relationships. This isn’t just a design book, it’s the culmination of a lifetime of Sue’s experience observing, enhancing, and teaching the ways that humans engage gardens with their minds, bodies, and hearts. As a therapeutic horticulture educator, I view this book as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for aspiring and/or practicing therapeutic horticulture practitioners who seek visionary ideas and practical tools that will accommodate and engage the populations with whom they work, as well as garden designers who strive to push their designs to the next level. The use of colorful images, diagrams, and tables make this book a thoroughly digestible and recommended joy to read!"
Emilee Weaver, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager, North Carolina Botanical Garden - University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill