Helping Nature Heal Associate: Margaret Nevett, Gardening for Life
Gardening For Life
Horticultural Therapy services for Toronto and area
are created by Margaret Nevett
Margaret Nevett's extensive background and experience in horticulture and garden design, combined
with comprehensive studies in Horticultural Therapy have led to a strong desire to meet the needs of
gardeners of all abilities.
What is Horticultural Therapy?
Building on that special connection between people and plants, Horticultural Therapy uses gardening
and plant-related activities in professionally conducted programs to improve people's physical,
cognitive, emotional and social functioning.
Go into the garden and leave your troubles behind. For many of us, the garden has always been a place
of calm retreat. In the garden we experience the simple pleasures and satisfaction that come from
working with soil, sowing seeds, tending our plants and (barring visits from wildlife) harvesting the
After working in the garden, we come away with an undeniable feeling of well-being. We've
helped the garden, and somehow we know we've helped ourselves, too. Since Egyptian times, physicians
have re-commended walks in the garden as therapy for patients. It's no wonder - the pleasure of
touching plants and feeling the soil seems to connect us with our past, allowing us to contemplate
the present and dream of the future. People have always had a strong connection to the earth's
cycles and seasons. Horticulture is all around us - it's universal.
. . . Restoring the Earth
Restoring the Soul . . .