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June 2008 Horticultural Therapy Society of New South Wales Newsletter

June 2008 Horticultural Therapy Society of New South Wales Newsletter

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 June 2008Issue 78
Cultivate NSW
The year so far . . . .More site visits!
 
The first half of the year for Cultivate NSW has flown by, thanks to various work happening 
in, around and about
the Telopea Centre!1.
In
the Centre, the classes ‘Hort Techniques for Therapy’ delivered by Ruth in the firstsemester have been well-received by a diverse group of enthusiastic students.(Ruthcan you add something here???)In addition to the teaching program, there has beenconsistent administrative work and clerical maintenance for the Society taken care of by Marie and Jill.2.
 Around
the Centre, there has been substantive maintenance work and renewal. Moredetail overleaf from Marie! The modifications and new beginnings are most welcome.3.
 About
the Centre and the work of the Society, there have been three presentations:firstly to the National Disability Services (NDS) Statewide conference in February; sec-ondly a ‘Stay on your Feet’ Falls Prevention seminar ran by the Area Health Service,and thirdly, at the CAREX Aged Services EXPO, also in May. As a consequence, the Te-lopea Centre has received several visits and requests for advice and consultationsregarding programmes . . Just what the Society exists for!It is heartening to see the level of interest and enthusiasm for Horticultural Therapy pro-grams; perhaps the improved rainfall in recent months has revived the sense of possibilityfor gardeners and unleased the creative spirit.A special mention must be made, along with our heartfelt ‘congratulations’ to committeemember Anna and her husband on the arrival of son on April 27th . . . . another ‘bloomin’miracle’! Much love & happiness to the family.So the Society moves into winter and time to catch breath. An invitation to host a table atthe ABC Gardening Show in August, has been accepted and good preparation is requiredfor our participation at such a high profile event.
Vir
ginia Field
 
Following on from our successful site visit tothe “Bloomin’ Backyard” at the Prince of Wales Hospital in March we are planning twomore site visits to see Horticulture Therapyin action.Saturday 13—September Central Coast PostSchool Options for young adults with disabili-ties. This is also the day of the Mt Penang Flora FestivalSaturday - 1 November to ‘HawkesburySkills Food for Thoughts’ and the Hawkes-bury Earthcare GardenIf you would like us to send you details of these excursions nearer the time pleasesend an email toinfo@cultivatensw.org.au or leave a message on (02) 9448 6392with your contact details – email addresspreferred.Also, if there is sufficient interest, a commu-nity bus will provide transport; so pleaseadvise us if this would enable or assist yourparticipation on the excursions.
 
Dates for your calendar 
ABC GardeningExpoAugust 29 - 31
AGMOctober 21st
On-site visit— NorthSeptember 13
On-site visit—  WestNovember 1st
Inside this issue:
 A facelift for theTelopea centre2 ABC Gardening Expo2Book Review:Horticultural Ther-apy Methods3Visits to the Centre 3The Grapevine 4National Conference 4
Horticultural TherapySociety of NSW
 
The
Gardening Australia Expo
will be held at Sydney Show-ground, Sydney Olympic Park, over three days from August 29-31, 2008. The Expo will provide an inspirational experience forSydneysidersThis spectacular gardening expo brings ABC TV’s popular Gar-dening Australia to life as its presenters appear on stage to pro-vide advice and answer questions. Other horticultural and land-scape industry experts will also be on hand to help create a dynamic, informative and inspirational event for all gardeners, frombeginners to seasoned enthusiasts.There will be thousands of products to see and buy and non-stop practical gardening demonstrations and talks from severalstages. Don’t miss your chance to experience the exciting and inspirational Gardening Australia Expo.
Where & When: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic ParkAugust 29 - 31, 2008Open: 9.30am 4.30pm dailyTickets: Adults: $17, Seniors/Pensioners: $15,Children (5-16yrs): $6, Children (under 5yrs): FREE,Family (2A + 2C): $37.Tickets available at the door or online atwww.abcgardeningexpo.com.auGroups: Pre-booked tickets are available for groups with a minimum of 10people at a discounted rate.To arrange a group call (02) 9452 7583.Information: Visitwww.abcgardeningexpo.com.auorCall: (02) 9452 7575.
 
 
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TAFE programmes have been making good use of the Telopea Centre in recent months, with students coming from variousorganisations that support young people with a wide range of disabilities.During the mid-semester break, some welcome maintenance of the Centre was undertaken. The outside polycarbonateroofing at the rear of the centre has been repaired and cleared. The whole area is now much brighter. The seed and cutting propagation work of the students has benefited and there have been some good vegetable crops, salads and beans.Currently, landscaping work is underway around the perimeter, with bark stabilisation and improved drainage. Re-planting and the establishment of a rockery have been planned with the emphasis on waterwise gardening and ease of manage-ment. The large tree which formerly dominated the courtyard has been removed, giving much needed light to the area. Inits stead, additional raised garden beds are under construction.The work is being undertaken by TAFE staff and students as part of the career courses offered.Marie Edwards
The Gardening Australia Expo
 
Cultivate NSW
A facelift for the Telopea Centre
 
‘Horticultural Therapy Methods: Making Connections in Health Care, Human Service, andCommunity Programs’Ed Rebecca Haller and Christine Kramer; Haworth Press NY 2006This book is a useful guide for those who are developing horticulture therapy programs. It isespecially valuable for its sections on documenting programs and outcomes. It takes the po-tential benefits seriously, and acknowledges that there are risks that have to be managed. Aformal record makes it easier to objectively monitor a program’s results . This in turn makesit possible for the HT provider to see where improvements can be made to the program.Formal documentation of outcomes is also critical if the profession of HT is to gain recogni-tion and grow. The appendices include forms that may be useful: an Individual Program Planand examples of ‘Goals Activities and Measurements” that might be applied in various HT set-tings.The book is written by people with “many years of experience and teaching”. Perhaps this iswhat gives it a slightly ‘text-bookish’ tone. But along with the theory are many practical ideas.For example, in “Promoting Independence” on page 82, the authors acknowledge the importance of empowering individuals,and that techniques will vary depending on the client and type of program. Suggestions include:
“Encourage problem-solving skills by allowing group members to make choices that affect how they accomplish a task,items to add to the garden, or ways to address situations e.g. aphids on thebasil plants.” . . . and
“Supply the materials necessary for the project but rather than having all thematerials in front of each person, encourage participants to scan the roomfor items they need, initiate a request for an item, or get it themselvs.”This is an American based text so some details such as plant selection and theplanting schedule for holidays such as Thanksgiving would need to be adapted toAustralian conditions. But most of the content translates well – e.g. adaptingactivities to suit the needs of participants.Figure 1. from the text , is a diagram explaining the authors definition of HT as a“client centred modality using horticulture activities to meet specific therapeuticor rehabilitative goals . . .”Ruth McLean
Telopea Centre visits
Seniors Week is celebrated annually in NSW in March. Likemany previous years, the Society received numerous re-quests for presentations at events held during the week, orwhat seems to be developing into Seniors month!Unfortunately, the Society was unable to meet the challengedue to the work load at the Centre and available volunteerhours. Nevertheless, several promotional packages werecompiled for distribution, with brochures, posters and pho-tos, giving organisations some display materials. We areplanning ahead for 2009 and trust there will be the oppor-tunity to participate more effectively.Anyone wishing to assist with promoting the Society cancontact the Centre by phoning (02) 9448.6392 or e-mail:info@cultivatensw.com.au. This is a great opportunity tolearn, as well as meet others with shared interests.Steve Jacques from Kurrajong Waratah Organisation (KWO) inWagga Wagga, visited the Telopea Centre in April.Steve’s aim was to view the Telopea Centre facilities and gaininspiration and ideas from the raise garden beds, the path-ways— widths and surfaces, and planting ideas.KWO has thirty acres of land available to establish a pro-gramme for people with an intellectual disability, autism andother disabilities. The organization is inclined to grow plantssuitable for aroma therapy.Perhaps this is beginnings of a commercial agriculture programsimilar to the ’Green Care’ initiatives widely practiced inEurope!Marie Edwards
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Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW
Book Review: ‘Horticultural Therapy Methods’

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