We’re being told more than ever that getting outside, enjoying the fresh air and gardening has a real positive affect on our physical and mental health. Gardening can be therapeutic, and positively effect our body, mind and spirit. Gardening with a disability is completely possible and it’s a great way keep active and maintain a physical, busy lifestyle. So, having a garden or outdoor space that’s tuned to your specific needs is both important and special.
If you don’t have a garden space, then don’t worry you can still fill your home with gorgeous blooms, create a small herb garden in a window box and discover house plants & tropicals from The Tree Center. Bring the outdoors in to you!
If you’re hoping to create an enabled garden then read on for some helpful tips and ideas and like with any gardening project, the only limit is your imagination!
Everyone’s disability is different and we all know our personal limits. That being said, the ability to move freely and easily around your garden space is crucial whether you’re in a wheelchair, blind or suffer from fibromyalgia.
- If you’re likely to get tired whilst you’re in the garden – and let’s face it, being in the sunshine is tiring! It’s recommended that have plenty of seating areas throughout your garden space. This isn’t just limited to garden furniture, if there’s a wall you can sit on to rest then make sure you keep access to it clear. Or place a few garden chairs or a new bench at the other end of the garden.
- If you’re hoping to move easily throughout your garden, ensure that all paths are at least 3ft wide, free of obstruction and smooth too! You’ll get jobs in your garden done a lot quicker if all your paths are the same.
- If you have a large lawn, then consider replacing a portion of it with a hard surface. Lawns take a lot of maintenance and you’ll be able to enjoy much more of your garden if you don’t have to manoeuvre on the grass.
Flowers & plants
Flowers and plants are the jewel in every gardener’s crown and yours should be no different. Here are some ways to make planting and maintenance a little easier.
- As a basic and simple rule, try to choose plants that are easy to grow and maintain. Plants that are durable and match the conditions of your garden.
- If getting down and up again is a problem or you have sight problems then consider having some raised flowers beds. These can be built at specific heights and widths, so they’re totally tailored to you!
- If you’re visually impaired then consider planting flowers or plants with specific textures or ones that have strong scents. A herb garden for example, would be handy in the kitchen and easy to master!
- You could always try hanging baskets too! A pole with a hook would be one way to access these plants as well as a pulley system to make things easier.