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Canada: Drawn into the Garden – a book and short documentary

Book by Helen Stewart

Tudor House Press, Victoria
Printed: 2020

A plea for the celebration of gardens and the wonders and wisdom of nature, this work is a spiritual and artistic meditation describing the creation of a garden, its seasons in a time of changing climate, and the importance of life-giving soil and water. It speaks of favoured individual plants (from dandelions to roses), children’s literature, farm gardens to white gardens, bees and butterflies.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Horticultural therapy growing into a key program at Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm

MUSC’s horticultural therapy will be an important part of patient care at the Children’s Hospital when the time is right, McMillion said.

By Parker Milner
Charleston City Paper
Jan 5, 2021


The Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm’s horticultural therapy services are enhancing an intensive treatment program for local children with behavioral challenges, helping kids ages 6-17 stay active outdoors with garden-based projects.

“That’s been amazing for them,” said Rebecca Daffron, clinical coordinator for MUSC’s STAR Children’s Day Treatment Program, which aims to stabilize, treat, assess and reintegrate children and adolescents. “Fresh air for everyone is therapeutic, but then there’s also the grounding techniques and being able to grow something outside.”

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January 10, 2021   No Comments

A master gardener transforms a South L.A. food desert into an edible oasis

Master gardener Florence Nishida has mentored many edible garden creators at the L.A. Green Grounds demonstration garden. (Christina House / Los Angeles Time

“I wanted the garden to demonstrate food growing but also natural history — the connections between plants, insects, birds, humans, the soil, mulches,” Nishida says.

By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles Times
Dec. 10, 2020


When a woman from a nearby apartment hesitantly wanders into the demonstration garden without a face mask, master gardener Florence Nishida immediately grabs one for her and proceeds to show her around the L.A. Green Grounds demonstration garden.

“That is quintessential Florence,” says Rachel Surls, sustainable food systems advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. “She is an amazing mentor and teacher to so many people. She would never send somebody away.”

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December 16, 2020   Comments Off on A master gardener transforms a South L.A. food desert into an edible oasis

UK: City bankers give Stepney urban farm £30,000 lifeline to get through Covid crisis

A ‘furry animal’ therapy project at Stepney city farm in 2015 helping improve lives of the elderly and those in care homes. Picture: Remi Bumstead

The troubled Stepney City Farm that faces being £27,000 in the red caused by the coronavirus lockdown is getting a cash lifeline by City bankers.

By Mike Brooke
Docklands and East London Advertiser
Nov 13, 2020


The three-acre farm opposite St Dunstan’s Church was unable to furlough essential staff who were needed to feed the animals, maintain operations and keep isolated people in the community supplied with affordable fresh produce.

The cash is to help make sure it remains an East End “oasis for isolated or vulnerable people” when the lockdown is over.

“This donation will have a significant impact in the coming months,” associate farm trustee Ed Gaze said. “It reflects the work we do in the community that’s so close to Lloyd’s home in the City.”

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November 19, 2020   Comments Off on UK: City bankers give Stepney urban farm £30,000 lifeline to get through Covid crisis

UK: “My little piece of the planet”: the multiplicity of well-being benefits from allotment gardening

Evacuees, Leila Faithfull (1896–1994) Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

This study demonstrates that these spaces are important sites not only for food production but also health, social capital and environmental engagement.

By Miriam Clare Dobson, Christian Reynolds, Philip H. Warren, Jill L. Edmondson
British Food Journal
3 November 2020


Participation in urban horticulture (UH) is increasing in popularity, and evidence is emerging about the wide range of social and environmental benefits “grow your own” can also provide. UH can increase mental and physical well-being, as well as improve nature connectedness, social capital and community cohesion.

This study focusses on allotments, which is one of the dominant forms of UH that takes place in the United Kingdom. 163 volunteers in England and Wales participated in keeping a year-long allotment diary as part of a citizen science project investigating activities on allotment gardens. This study examines the unprompted comments that 96 of these gardeners offered as observations when visiting their allotment plots.

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November 14, 2020   Comments Off on UK: “My little piece of the planet”: the multiplicity of well-being benefits from allotment gardening

UK: Green therapy: how tending my allotment helped restore my mental health

After struggles with her mental health, Annabelle Padwick found peace in plants CREDIT: Andrew Crowley

Despite having no prior gardening skills, having my own allotment helped me overcome severe anxiety, and now I want to spread the message

By Annabelle Padwick
The Telegraph
5 November 2020


As my journey continued both on and off the plot, No 27 became a place that was all mine, a place which I could transform and where I could regain some control, crucial for mental health recovery. It was also a haven away from work, university and toxic relationship stresses.

Having the allotment, alongside an incredible friendship and eventually a year of weekly one-to-one psychotherapy at a private mental health hospital, worked wonders for my mental health. The allotment gave me a middle ground between home and the big, wild world. The ground taught me patience, the weeds taught me to remove any negativity in my life and the vegetables reminded me daily what I truly needed to thrive – exactly the same as them. Food, water, love, care, room to grow without weeds strangling my roots, patience, a support system and an understanding that under the surface there is always something going on, just trying to blossom.

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November 12, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Green therapy: how tending my allotment helped restore my mental health

George Floyd and the healing power of community garden

Growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables have replaced the sites in Minneapolis formerly associated with violence in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in May.
Steve Alston

We believe it is because the seed of fellowship can be planted right alongside the seeds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

By Jackee And Steve Alston
Arizona Daily Sun
Nov 8, 2020


Beds were marked off with bricks, and good soil was piled on top of the asphalt. Here locals had planted tomatoes, peppers, beans, herbs, and other vegetables. Four, brightly-painted raised beds were arranged in the place of honor by Floyd’s memorial. Marigolds and daisies were tucked inside the beds above brush-stroked words about freedom and change carefully decorated on the frame. All these faced the ultimate banner expressing the sentiment of the neighborhood, “Respect One Another.”

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November 12, 2020   Comments Off on George Floyd and the healing power of community garden