Social & Therapeutic Horticulture


Category: Physical Health, rehabilitation, qualitative

Title: The Value of a Therapeutic Gardening Intervention for Post-Stroke Patients’

Engagement During Rehabilitation: An Exploratory Qualitative Study (2016)


Summary: Little research has examined the benefits of therapeutic gardening on stroke rehabilitation. This study analysed interviews and participant diaries to determine the effectiveness of 10 bi-weekly therapeutic horticulture sessions in conjunction with their normal rehabilitation programme. Participants reported a positive experience of nature in which they felt able to explore self-expression and spirituality. In relation to their recovery participants felt it boosted their feelings of control and acted as a bridge between hospital and returning to the real world.