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Trusted Garden Program

It is a horticultural therapy program for participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Gardening is a fun and healthy pursuit that has many benefits.
Gardening activities are used to improve the physical, mental and social health of participants.

Benefits of Gardening

  • Gardening is a great way to improve your overall fitness without you even being aware of it. It can increase muscle strength, your range of movement and improve fine motor skills.  
  • Learning how to grow your food provides an opportunity to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition. If you have grown it you are more likely to try eating it.  
  • Learning how to be a successful gardener requires you to learn about nature and the environment around you.

Growing Gardens
Building Skills
Fun in the Sun

The Trusted Gardening Program can also be used to help improve literacy and numeracy
by learning to label plants and count out seeds.

Gardening is proven to be a great way for people to reduce stress levels and relax. The combination of being outside interacting with people, plants and nature can lead to an improvement in your overall well being.  

  • Improved health and well being, learning new skills and socialising with others can assist participants to develop more confidence in themselves and greater independence.


The Trusted Gardening Program program combines a variety of activities to suit everyone. The activities range from the very physical to the more nimble and creative.  

Activities include:  

  • building herbs boxes
  •  growing plants from seed
  •  decorating pots
  •  garden art
  •  creating flower gardens
  •  building raised beds
  •  creating a veggie garden
  •  learning new job skills


If you have an NDIS plan the benefits from gardening are endless, from learning about nature to enjoying the fresh healthy food you have grown. It is enjoyable, creative and rewarding. 

For more information about the Trusted Garden Program please phone 1300 347 224.

Or visit the Illawarra Vocational Services website.


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