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Joanne Aquilina - President

Cultivate NSW  | 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 Julie Sneddon 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?
A Bunya pine tree (Araucaria bidwillii), 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 dinosaur food millions of years ago - bunya pines have been on this earth for that long. The trees can grow up to 35-45 metres high and live for about 600 years. The pine cones that fall each year can weigh up to 10 kilograms, 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?


Joanne Aquilina from Luisa Brimble on Vimeo.


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