Gardening as therapy for neurodisability and dementia in London and Scandinavia

Written by Josephine Spring, Research and Development Co-ordinator, Royal Hospital for Neurodisability (London, UK)

Two research studies on therapeutic horticulture for neurodisability were conducted. The first, in London, showed ergonomic gardening was a suitable activity for residents with Huntington’s disease and helped meet therapy objectives, while also highlighting the residents’ preference for colors at the red end of the spectrum. Visits to 14 gardens in Scandinavia showed that specifically small, simple, evidence-based gardens provided effective therapy. There was more integration with nature and the benefits of viewing nature and indoor plants were assessed. Both studies concluded that gardening provided physical, psychological and social benefits. Background The health benefits of gardening for those with disabilities...

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