Courses & News

Late Summer Workshop at Waterperry Gardens

POP Gardens’ 12th September Therapeutic Horticulture Workshop for Health Professionals welcomed Caroline Cook, a former Speech and Language Therapist who has been delivering gardening therapy sessions in Yorkshire for 15 years; she joined Lynne to facilitate the workshop delivery. We explored end of summer cultural activities such as seed saving and sowing and health professionals […]


This POP Gardens course in Cornwall is designed for individuals wishing to use horticulture as a therapeutic medium, social cultural activity and/or leisure play activity. It is suitable for health professionals, teachers, social prescibers and anyone who wishes to understand why working with plants is good for us. Horticulture has been employed by occupational therapists […]

POP Gardens spring workshops at Waterperry Gardens and Penge

Health professionals discovered that plants are part of our day to day life. They are present in virtually all daily activities. Part of the day was spent looking at the relationship that people have with plants and nature and how this influences our cultural and artistic practices. We enjoyed a bit of poetry – ‘The […]

Social & Horticultural Therapy Course – Back to our roots!

St Matthews Healthcare Northampton hosted a POP Gardens therapeutic horticulture workshop (16th April 2019) for their occupational therapists, therapy instructors, social workers and day centre staff. The group learnt: How OTs were the first profession to use horticulture as a therapeutic medium; A variety of artistic and cultural activities to use in their care homes […]

POP Gardens Horticultural Therapy – Trebah Gardens

Health professionals and gardeners at the POP Gardens‘ therapeutic horticulture workshop were able to experience first-hand, the restorative effects of the lovely surroundings at Trebah Gardens in Cornwall on Tuesday 2nd April 2019. Many thanks to Trebah Gardens for allowing the use of a room with a view of one of the UK’s most beautiful gardens!

Horticultural Therapy Workshop at Waterperry Gardens

Spring time therapy at Waterperry Gardens Well done to all the brilliant and dedicated Occupational Therapists and Rehab Professionals who travelled from far and wide to attend POP Gardens’ Horticultural Therapy Workshop on the 26th March 2019. Clinical staff from forensic & acute mental health, neuro rehab, CAMHS, paediatrics and hospice care learnt about how […]

Horticultural Therapy – Inspirational quote for all health professionals considering using gardening as a therapeutic medium

Dr Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic in Kansas, established the tradition of using nature and gardening in hospital care (Horticultural Therapy). In 1942 he stated the following: “Peonies are very healthy flowers, they have no aches and pains, they make no outcry and there are no anxious and troubled faces to comfort. They just […]

Therapeutic Horticulture Workshops with POP Gardens

Creative and practical study day for OTs and other health professionals interested in using horticulture for individual or group work. Participants attending this PoP Garden's workshop will: Gain valuable insights into the relationship between horticulture and occupational therapy; Be introduced to the use of horticulture as a meaningful socio-cultural occupation; Learn how horticultural activities can [...]