Williamstown gardeners learn about designing special gardens

Impressed: Tricia Sloper, Pat Bond, Mia Lester, Felicity Georgiou and Bill Hodgson take a look at some of the flora presented at the meeting. Photo supplied.
Impressed: Tricia Sloper, Pat Bond, Mia Lester, Felicity Georgiou and Bill Hodgson take a look at some of the flora presented at the meeting. Photo supplied.

Speaker at the Williamstown Garden Club April meeting was Mia Lester who spoke about the work she does designing gardens for the disabled and aged. 

Ms Lester gave a brief rundown on how she decided on a career in therapeutic gardening, mentioning the early influence of her mother’s garden.

Creating therapeutic gardens for individuals, groups and organisations means achieving improved physical and mental health outcomes for those living with developmental, cognitive, psychological and physical challenges.  Such gardens can stimulate the elderly and educate children. 

Ms Lester’visits people’s homes and designs gardens and gives plant advice while being sympathetic to providing what people want.  She designs outdoor gardens but also mentioned the need to think about indoor plants and views from windows for those who are unable to get out and about.

Raised garden beds, wheelchair friendly paths, shaded areas, seasonal flowers, bright colours, ponds, garden art, textured plants, river stones, pine cones and grasses are just some of the ideas used for children and adults who would benefit greatly in such a wonderful environment.  

Birthday for the month was Barry Wilson.

The next meeting will be held in the Church Hall on June 4 at 1pm with the speaker being Steve Zimmerman from Zimmies Preserves, Relishes and Pickles. 

Competition: preserves and/or jams.

Visitors welcome with enquiries to Pat on  0421 348 148.