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Joanne Aquilina - President
| Published on 3/27/2019
Meet Joanne Aquilina
Cultivate NSW's President. 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. She is the owner of Therapeutic Gardens Australia, a design, construction and maintenance consultancy business dedicated to therapeutic garden design.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many admirable women, but today I’m going to choose two women that have impact my life with
and Luisa Brimble. Luisa brings life to the ideas of dreamers and doers through fresh, natural photography. Her documentary-style of shooting gives her subjects soul and captures beauty in the everyday.
Name two plants that you love to grow and why?
I love growing a range of sensory plants, in particular herbs for medicinal purposes, for example scented geraniums and Succulents with their low maintenance factor avoids death by laziness.
Where is your favourite place to be in nature?
The bush - It draws me back time and time again. The outback is one of the few places left on Earth where Mother Nature is still in charge. This – to me - is the real world.
If you were a tree, what kind would you be, and why?
unya pine tree (
, The Bunya pine is a unique and majestic Australian tree – my favourite tree, in fact. Sometimes simply called Bunya or the Bunya Bunya, I love its symmetrical dome shaped cones that used to be
millions of years ago - bunya pines have been on this earth
or that long
. The trees can grow up to
35-45 metres high
and live for about
. The pine cones that fall each year can weigh up to
, and contain bunya nuts, large edible seeds that have held both
cultural and culinary significance for Aboriginal Australians
for thousands of years.
Name a song/artist you've been enjoying listening to lately?
Lauren Daigle - I love her rich soulful voice.
Your favourite gardening tool and why?
I lose everything so My
Pelt and Hide Belt
is my saviour when it comes to keeping everything in one place.
Your top 3 favourite podcasts and/or blogs?
The Garden Clinic Podcast
Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability
Temple Grandin - The world needs all kinds of minds
Kate Griggs - The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia
What have been the therapeutic benefits of nature/gardens for yourself?
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