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Greenworld – Spring 2016

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Therapeutic horticulture conference set for October

Toni Salter, President, Cultivate NSW, the

Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW,

has announced the keynote speakers for

the upcoming Therapeutic Landscapes

Conference in NSW. With the theme of

‘Making Connections − Plants and People’, the

conference is bringing together a broad range of

experts, said Toni.

“Anna Baker Cresswell from HighGround

UK will show how gardening has been used as

therapy for people in the military in the UK,”

she said. “We are also pleased that Dr Theresa

Scott from the University of Queensland is

speaking on the health benefits of gardens for

older people.”

Other speakers will be presenting local

projects, including landscape design for

children, supporting Sydney's homeless through

the Streetgrowth Program, gardening for

dementia, productive gardens in rehabilitation

and mental health centres, and tips to make

gardening accessible to all.

The conference is relevant to professionals,

students and volunteers working in

horticulture, health and community

gardens who are keen to discuss the future

of therapeutic horticulture in Australia and

accredited career pathways. It will lead and

inform delegates on how gardens and natural

settings contribute and impact on the wellness

of individuals, groups and client populations.

The one-day conference runs on Friday

October 14, 2016 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at

TAFE NSW SWSi Horticulture, Raine Road,

Padstow. See

www.cultivatensw.org.au

for a full

program and registration.

Green wall meets library

A lush green wall has been installed in the new

Woollahra Library in Sydney, which opened in

May. The planting was created and installed by

vertical garden installation experts Vertikal. The

plants include a mix of ferns and subtropical

species. In addition to the green wall, devil’s ivy

cascades down through the atrium staircase

from the second and third floors.

Vertikal started growing the devil’s ivy

six months ahead of the installation, and

the green wall plants three months ahead

to ensure they were well established for

maximum impact for the opening. The

plants were grown at several nurseries in

South East Queensland.

Installation was done in a few days as the

plants are mounted on a feature wall panel,

which was retro-fitted. The wall is made

up of a number of individual pods (pots)

and each one is individually drip fed via an

automated irrigation system.

Staff says the feedback about the green

installation has been sensational and

membership has increased.

“When we designed the library we wanted

to create a space that people wanted to come

to,” said Vicki Munro, Manager, Library and

Information Services, Woollahra Council.

“Bringing the garden inside our library has

helped us create an environment that is

engaging, fun and full of life, which is great

for our members and staff.

“Our book-return slot is also set into

the green wall so our library members

love returning their books,” she added.

“There is something magical about

posting your returned books into a green

wall of plants.”

Vicki believes this is the future of libraries

in Australia and can’t image the library

now without these natural elements. She

urges anyone to visit the library in Double

Bay in Sydney or drop in via the website at

www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/library.

For more on hanging basket plants and

greenery see page 18.

The spotlight will be on the therapeutic benefits of gardening at a

conference in October.

The green and leafy interior of the newWoollahra Library at Double Bay in Sydney.