Super-charging psychology with doses of nature and gardening – Life Matters

The healing power of nature is something many swear by personally and more studies are tracking its benefits scientifically.

Erica Vowles speaks with psychologist Simon Lush, who is combining his therapy skills with his horticulture training to work with individuals and groups around mindfulness in nature.

Along the way, he has been working with a landscape gardener, other psychologists and clients to expand the field of therapeutic gardening into mental health spaces.


Andrew Laidlaw, landscape architect at the Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens

Simon Lush, psychologist and horticulturalist

Jason Wells, outdoor enthusiast and participant in a course designed by Simon Lush that combined horticulture, therapeutic gardening and mindfulness

Dr Angelo Pagano, psychologist and clinical director at Western Psychological Services in Melton

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