Using plantsas therapy
A little bit about who we are
POP Gardens has been set up by Lynne Evans who wanted to combine her expertise in Occupational Therapy with her passion for the practical and emotional benefits of gardening to support wellbeing and recovery.
"I created POP Gardens workshops with the intent on helping other health professionals use horticulture as therapy. As the current courses on offer in the UK are fairly general and do not cover in-depth knowledge for therapists working in clinical settings. POP BOX evolved from my experience of running gardening and art group therapy sessions in hospitals for over 15 years."
To improve mental & physical health
Lynne has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 2003 and has specialised in acute mental health as well as palliative care, memory services and community gardening with children and adults.
Our specialist services cover training for healthcare professionals in horticultural therapy, delivering group sessions, providing advice and information on this area and we can provide carefully prepared bespoke POP Garden activity boxes to support the practical delivery of sessions.
Our specialist services cover training for healthcare professionals in horticultural therapy, delivering group sessions, providing advice and information on this area and we can provide carefully prepared PoP Garden activity boxes to support the practical delivery of sessions.
What People Say
"I really liked that it encompasses more than just planting; speaking as someone who is very brown-fingered, I wouldn’t naturally be attracted to horticulture therapy but knowing the scope is wider than that makes me interested. I recall that when my physical health was very bad and I couldn’t do much at all to feel worthwhile as at the time I couldn’t even cut my food up or do the housework let alone work and I felt so useless – I got into going to Kew (became a member) and learned all about the healing power of plants and found the herb garden there a real inspiration. It gave me a sense of purpose in that I was learning something useful, and I could grow herbs, whereas most flowering plants I’m useless with."
Occupational TherapistPeer Review
"Through support from Lynne, I was able to learn new gardening skills and adapt certain garden activities to suit my needs. The inclusion of a well planned herb garden as part of the new outdoor space has been instrumental in motivating me to develop an enthusiasm for healthy home cooking which has been key to changing my diet. Lynne also taught me to see gardening as a social activity and encouraged me to participate in local community gardening events Over a 12 month period and with support from Lynne for the planting of the garden, these activities have provided both physical and mental stimulus that has seen dramatic improvement in my overall health. "