Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice


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Presenters: Cath Manuel, Dean Gaston

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Are you running a gardening program and want to know how to deliver therapeutic gardening activities?

Do you have allied health skills and want to know how to link those into a therapeutic horticulture career?


Join our presenters as they take you through how to develop a therapeutic horticulture program and show you the how, what and why. 

Cath Manuel

Cath Manuel is the founder of Soil to Supper and a specialist in therapeutic horticulture and kitchen gardens.

Cath has many years’ experience in the horticulture industry, especially within the field of therapeutic horticulture, and provides programs both online and onsite.

She also delivers unique training and provides support for people wanting to enjoy a career in Therapeutic Gardening.

Cath has a great passion for sharing her knowledge to inspire and support people of all ages and abilities to enjoy gardening for improved health and wellbeing.

She holds a Diploma of Horticulture, Certificate in Horticultural Therapy and has completed a Permaculture Design Course as well as further training in social and therapeutic horticulture at Thrive.UK.

Cath ran a successful Landscape Gardening Business from 1999 on the Sunshine Coast before switching to organic growing practices and therapeutic gardening.

Cath’s interests are in teaching others all aspects of therapeutic, organic gardening, as she believes this is important for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. She is also passionate about growing and cooking fresh food, has an interest in the health benefits from gardening and also plants and their uses.

Her knowledge is shared worldwide, through various publications, and also nationally on radio, television and at events.

Dean Gaston

Dean Gaston is a passionate therapeutic horticulturist with more than 25 years in the Horticultural Industry; ten of those years as social and therapeutic specialist.

Dean has used his expertise in garden therapy techniques and enabling environments to devise programmes through a combination of exercise, stimulation and conversation that are creative and adaptive

A key feature of Deans programmes has focus on people living with dementia and older people that may be socially isolated.

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