Do you think there is a kindness deficit in the world? I do! But not in this little corner of Australia. Today we visit a not-for-profit community therapy garden and nursery in the west of Sydney where the bees are buzzing and volunteers are laughing in a brand new safe space. And it’s kind and exciting to see it in action.
Lights! Cameras! Therapeutic horticulture in ACTION!
Do you think there is a kindness deficit in the world? I do! But not in this little corner of Australia.
Today we visit a not-for-profit community therapy garden and nursery in the west of Sydney where the bees are buzzing and volunteers are laughing in a brand new safe space. And it’s kind and exciting to see it in action.
Marianne Farrar is at the coal face of therapeutic horticulture! She is a living, breathing example of it and its benefits for her various able bodied volunteers to work together producing plants in a happy, safe joyous place The Secret Garden and Nursery, Richmond.
Connect with Secret Gardens and Nursery at with their Spring or Autumn Fairs or Collectors’ Plant Fair @collectorsplantfair where they sell a huge range of salvias, ornamental grasses and beautifully crafted bee hotels.
Spring Fair: Sept 8th, 2019. 9am-4pm where hundreds of plants will be for sale at bargain prices, live music all day and Devonshire teas and wood-fire pizza to gorge on.
How to get to the Secret Garden
The Secret Garden and Nursery is located on the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. Enter via Vines Drive and follow the signs from Londonderry Road, Richmond. Please note that the Secret Garden and Nursery is not owned or operated by the University. For all enquires please contact North West Disability Services directly. For more information about volunteering or visiting please call NWDS on (02) 9686 4155.
Western Sydney staff and students, and our wider community, are encouraged to support the Secret Garden through a number of ways:
- Visit – come over during your lunchbreak or call in on the weekend
- Donate your used plastic bags or plant pots or actual salvia cuttings that can be propagated
- Make a donation – all donations over $2 are tax deductible
- Have your wedding or children’s birthday party there
- Set up your own herb or vegie patch on site
- Volunteer your time to help in the garden or nursery
- Buy lots of plants! They have a huge range of plants including natives, exotics, herbs, succulents, cottage garden, water-wise plants, hedging, grasses, edging and trees. Wholesale prices are available to the public
Address: Clydesdale Lane, Western Sydney University Campus, Richmond. Enter via Londonderry Rd.
Phone 0414 784 460
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