Episode 9: Therapeutic Gardening with Toni Salter
16 October, 2019
Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants. Therapeutic gardening is based on the understanding that there is an innate connection between humans and nature. In this episode Julie interviews Toni Salter, The Veggie Lady, a qualified horticulturist. Find out the benefits of gardening for wellbeing, including stress reduction and relaxation.
2:00 Toni explains her eclectic background and how she turn her preoccupation into an occupation
5:40 Definition of nature-assisted therapy and how it can be incorporated in aged care
7:30 Gardening for Wellness (for someone experiencing depression and anxiety)
8:45 Julie and Toni shared case studies of gardening in residential care - barriers, strengths and opportunities
11:30 How to respond when an older person says "I used to be a gardener"
14:30 The importance of protecting skin when outdoors
21:20 Training available for aged care facilities and how to involve the residents
23:40 Recommendations for families who have loved ones in care