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East Hills Girls High Green Club
Jacquie Dredge
Published on: 10/1/2021
Panania Free Rangers (PFR) has been running a “Green Club” during sport time since 2017. The program for years 7-10 has developed over the years to include market gardening, bush food trail, permaculture flower garden, frog pond tropical garden and Cumberland Plain regen project.
Announcing our new Project Database
Published on: 6/16/2019
We have created a new therapeutic horticulture project database, and hope to build it into a useful national resource. Are you involved in a project you would like listed? Get in touch with us.

Featured Resources

Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapies in Australia and New Zealand
Published on: 6/16/2019
A groundbreaking new book that started its journey in 2011 as an initiative of Cultivate NSW.

News and Articles

Book Review – Moon Gardening by John Harris
Published on: 10/1/2021
Book Review by Sharon Moire-Lambert

What I loved about this book, is the experience sharing and affirmation of how gardening can impact ones life.

Certainly from little things big things grow.
Dementia-friendly gardens by DIGnity
Sandra Kozleuchar
Published on: 10/1/2021
Pete Wann gives back to his Newcastle neighbourhood
Sandra Kozleuchar
Published on: 10/1/2021
Pete Wann and his wife creates a social Horticulture opportunity in their Newcastle neighbourhood.
Book Review – The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith
Leigh McGaghey
Published on: 9/3/2021
Sue’s book is both inspirational and directive: providing an enjoyable and uplifting read and an encouraging professional perspective for those committed to expanding the role of therapeutic horticulture.
Education and Training Report Update
Sandra Kozleuchar
Published on: 9/3/2021
The draft Unit of Competency AHCTHH4XX Develop a therapeutic horticulture design brief has been created to be an elective in the new CIV Landscape Design, or in a CIV Horticulture.
Book Review: Tree Beings
Sharon Moore-Lambert
Published on: 3/23/2021
Sharon Moore-Lambert shares her review of the book Tree Beings.
Highlighting the mental and emotional effects of lockdowns and gardening in older people.
Journal of Environmental Psychology Vol73, Feb2021.
Published on: 3/23/2021
Sharon Moore-Lambert found this very interesting and recent abstract (Feb 2021), highlighting the mental and emotional effects of lockdowns and gardening in older people.
Workshop - Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture, Sydney, February 2020
Published on: 3/6/2020
Our first workshop for 2020 - another great day.
Cultivate Hunter Hub First Meeting
Published on: 3/6/2020
The Hunter Hub kicked off the year with a get-together in February.
Report on AGM 24th August 2019
Published on: 12/13/2019
We were treated to fabulous sunny, almost spring day, for our AGM held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney on August 24th.
Report on Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture Workshops in NSW
Published on: 12/13/2019
This year has seen Cultivate run 5 very successful Intro to TH workshops in Sydney and Regional NSW!
Book Review: The Biophilia Effect by Clemens G. Arvay
Published on: 11/27/2019
Sharon Moore-Lambert shares her review of The Biophilia Effect
Cultivate attends Disability Expo
Published on: 10/1/2019
Cultivate NSW was represented at the Northern Beaches Council & NDIS Disability Expo on 25th September, 2019.
Workshop - Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture, August 2019
Published on: 8/12/2019
Another successful Cultivate workshop
Bringing People to Nature: Examples from Singapore
Published on: 7/12/2019
On Saturday 25th May, we were treated to a fabulous talk by Nanthini Elamgovan, Deputy Director, in the Parks Division of the National Parks Board in Singapore.
Workshop - Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture, May 2019
Published on: 7/12/2019
A beautiful sunny day greeted us as we assembled at the wonderful urban farm that is Camperdown Commons for the first of a new series of one day sessions, Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture.
Vale Jeanette Penklis
Published on: 5/21/2019
This week we pay tribute to Cultivate Member and past Committee Member Jeanette Penklis who sadly passed away on the 16th May, 2019.
Panania Free Rangers meet Wayside Chapel
Published on: 5/1/2019
On a bright, sunny April day a group of keen gardeners met on the roof of the Wayside Chapel for a a lesson or two in organic gardening and social and therapeutic horticulture.
Collectors' Plant Fair
Published on: 4/18/2019
"Green Healing" - Therapeutic Horticulture
Saturday April 6th, 2019
Farm Chats at Pocket City Farms
Published on: 4/18/2019
Panel Discussion: "Gardens as Therapy"
Tuesday April 3rd, 2019
Cultivate grows from strength to strength
Published on: 12/20/2018
2018 has been a good year with us doing what we do best by running great events. We welcome a new committee for 2019.

Featured Members

Sharon Moore-Lambert - Committee Member
Published on: 9/12/2019
Meet Sharon - Cultivate Committee Member who works in the aged care and disability sectors.
Jon Kingston - Committee Member
Published on: 9/12/2019
Meet Jon - Cultivate Committee member and free range urban horticulturalist
Eleanor Dennis - Vice President/Secretary
Published on: 7/30/2019
Meet our Vice-President, Eleanor.
Kath Temple - Committee Member
Published on: 6/27/2019
Meet Kath - she is a horticulturalist, landscape designer and teacher.
Phil Pettitt - Committee Member
Published on: 3/29/2019
Meet Phil - Cultivate NSW Committee Member who loves being outdoors helping the community.
Joanne Aquilina - President
Published on: 3/27/2019
Meet Joanne Aquilina: Joanne is an energetic and enthusiastic industry champion. She has a particular passion for expanding awareness of the benefits of therapeutic, sensory, healing, edible and dementia gardens, especially for individuals with illness, disability and children with special needs.
Jacquie Dredge - Committee Member
Published on: 2/24/2019
Meet Jaq Dredge, one of our fabulous committee members. Jacquie (Jaq) is Co-Founder and Director of Panania Free Rangers, a not for profit organisation run by volunteers.

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