You’ll find here, my best articles in English.
My will is above all to share with as many people as possible, my experience in therapeutic gardens after having spent several years training hundreds of people on this theme.
Be careful, I am not bilingual, so the translation may not be totally correct. I apologize in advance.
I hope that my English-speaking visitors will find their happiness here and especially the vision that a French caregiver can have on gardens in a care environment.
Enjoy your reading. Do not hesitate to leave comments, even in English ! I will do my best to answer them in English as well.
Take care of yourself.
Manifesto for the Planet
In my area of expertise, care gardens, I see the pandemic experience as a tremendous help.
Which plants in the therapeutic garden for a summer bouquet workshop?
Do you have a bouquet activity at the therapeutic garden? Here is a selection of plants to put in the garden for your summer bouquets.
Medicinal plants in the therapeutic garden
Medicinal plants in the therapeutic garden is possible, but how to use them concretely? Click here to find out more.
Being a horticultural therapist today in Europe
What does it mean to be a horticultural therapist in Europe today? Exchange with Leila Alcalde, horticultural therapist trained in England. Read more here!
Why create a garden library?
If your department, establishment, association already has a care garden or simply wishes to create one, think about creating a garden library at the same time! In the following article we will see the interest of creating a garden library for the teams, the relatives and the direct beneficiaries of the care garden. The need to learn Interests of a « garden » library for patients A library devoted to the garden is a way to get out of the routine, out of the place for a while. Imagination is solicited, daydreaming is encouraged, forgetting for a brief moment the care, the condition, the disease through beautiful works on gardens, plants, trees. So many elements which intrinsically can only find resonance. (Cf: biophily) Like any library, this one can be a source of instruction. To learn is also to say: I am here, I am alive, I am thirsty for this life. I am a stakeholder and I feel « useful » in this society. Understanding the living, its needs, its origins, its evolution, also allows us to include plants in the therapy process. It is to leave it its place as a third party caregiver. Having a library garden invested by the patients, also allows to create, or to be reborn, the enthusiasm to create, to make do with it. What difference does it make to the loved ones? Owning a library garden, offers to the relatives of the patients : the possibility of escaping for a moment when they have to wait (consultations, results, care in progress…). the opportunity to create moments of exchange other than those usually focused on the pathology, its effects on daily life, the life of the department or the inconveniences, linked to the hospitalisation itself. the opportunity to create memories, moments of escape with their sick loved one, despite the circumstances. the opportunity to remember or project themselves into a past or future garden with their sick relative. the opportunity to offer a positive image of their loved one. An image that is often degraded by illness or hospitalization, entry into an institution or society’s external view of the sick. Most for the teams In the same way as with natural caregivers, owning a garden library will allow exchanges, contact, a different view of the person who needs care, help, whether temporary or permanent. Being exclusively in a caregiver/cared-for relationship allows us to put a little humanity back into daily practice, allows us to consider ourselves more as individuals. In a more pragmatic way having a garden library can be inspiring for workshops, for the conception of the garden or part of the garden itself. The books can level, consolidate or validate certain knowledge about garden practices, whether horticultural or caring practices. Icing on the cake You will find in the coming months on this site a list of books that you could put in your garden library. I want to see the list of books.(in progress) I will share for each book of this list, a detailed article, in order to see more clearly before any purchase and especially to add to it the interest that each book could have in the practice of horticotherapy. The floor is yours What are your favourite books about the garden? Tell me that in the comments below this article. I’ll be happy to discover these books. Original version in french Access the original version here : « Pourquoi créer une bibliothèque jardin ? »
French Prison Garden
To understand the reality of French prisons today and the health needs that can be met by a prison garden. For more information click here
The therapeutic garden, a place of expression
When the therapy tool becomes a place of expression. How can this manifest itself in the therapeutic garden? For more information click here