GardenWell™ Australia : Using Nature to Nurture


Being in nature is known, in and of itself, to have a healing effect on the mind and emotions. Gardening as a form of therapy has increasingly been used as an approach to addiction and mental health treatment. Healing gardens are often a part of addiction treatment centers, long term care facilities and other healthcare settings.

Gardening can help to lower stress, boost self-confidence, build teamwork, and foster perseverance. The rewards are both immediate and long term as one sees the plants and garden develop and change with the seasons. This can be as simple as having some potted herbs or plants in your home; becoming part of a community garden; or cultivating your own vegetable or flower garden on your roof if allowed or at your home.

Horticultural therapy is a professional practice that uses plants and gardening to improve mental and physical health. A horticultural therapist works with any group that can benefit from interaction with plants, including veterans, children, the elderly and those dealing with addiction and mental health problems.

Horticultural therapy is rooted in the idea that interacting with plants can bring about well-being, whether it's tending a garden or just having plants in your home.

Many studies have found that just being in nature -- such as taking a walk through a garden, a park, a forest -- can improve not only your state of mind but your blood pressure, your heart rate and your stress hormone levels and, over time, can lead to a longer life.

We take a practical, pragmatic approach to garden and design education.

Educated and practiced in landscape design and horticulture we believe that every garden, small or large, deserves care.

Every garden deserves attention. It is on-going maintenance and care of your garden that keeps it looking great and regular attention can make all the difference to the health and vitality of your outdoor areas.

You are possibly :

  • A person with an interest in gardens and landscapes (of any age +18) with little to 1-2 years experience, but perhaps more.

  • Lacking confidence, perhaps having experienced depression, anxiety or addiction and need a helping hand getting back into the workforce. Perhaps meeting new people is very stressful, perhaps you have a strong ‘inner critic’ that constantly tells you that your work isn’t ‘good enough’.

  • Unable to work full-time due to family or health commitments.

  • Addiction rehab’ (not detox) and/or experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.

We can provide :

  • Online education to develop your garden and design knowledge

  • Online counselling services if required

  • Online coaching to develop your business skills if required

  • A virtual team environment to provide support and help improve your confidence.

  • Supplementary face to face programmes including yoga, meditation, naturopathy and nutrition.

If this sounds like you please email with a Dropbox link to your explanation of why you might wish to join us.

(Australian permanent resident or citizen only)

  • Mowing and edging

  • Weeding and hedging

  • Soil and plant health improvement

  • Planting and mulching

  • Pest and disease control

  • Leaf and litter collection

  • Re-planting and minor structural repairs

  • Failure recognition

  • Problem identification and audits

  • Landscape light replacement and servicing

  • Garden products

  • Plant replacement and landscape reconditioning

  • Energy saving and water saving solutions

  • Retro fitting

  • Landscape herbicide management

  • Garden solutions

  • Landscape planting