Cultivated Therapeutic Landscapes provides an in-depth and critical exploration of the impact of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing. In this book we explore the ways in which gardens and gardening prevent illness and restore wellbeing, and how they improve social and health equity via tradi-tional and innovative mechanisms and across a range of sites.
Therapeutic landscapes are relational, reciprocal, and evolving. In this book, leading scholars from across the globe demonstrate how therapeutic landscapes research and practice is expanded through and around the processes of cultivation. Deliberately interdisciplinary, the book explores how tending and caring for green spaces, collectively and individually, works to prevent and restore health and wellbeing, as well as impact upstream factors determining social justice and equity. A unique combination of academics, clinicians, and practitioners deliver theoretical and practical insights into wide-ranging health-enabling factors, based on new evidence and autoethnographic experiences in home gardens, school, and community gardens, clinical settings, public green spaces, and sites of conservation and wildness. This book pushes concepts of cultivation and horticulture into underexplored spatial, ontological, and wellbeing territories. Despite long-term practical interest, thera-peutic horticulture is only now establishing a strong theoretical and research foundation.
This book provides much-needed critical insights into the impact on the key drivers of health, wellbeing, and social equity, with a focus on practical skills for utilising horticulture or designing for particular health needs. It will be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners in the areas of health geography; cultural geography; cultural studies; therapeutic horticulture; environmental studies; community development and planning; landscape architecture; social work; health studies; and health policy.
Pauline Marsh and Allison Williams
Part I: Boots on: Scoping the cultivated therapeutic landscape
1. Tending more than gardens: Engaging residents in public landscapes to cultivate urban nature
Sara Barron, Kate Lee, Maddison Miller and Emily Rugel
2. Gardening for good in Ontario, Canada: A case study of Hamilton’s Victory Gardens
3. Growing health in local food gardens: Case studies of community, school, and home gardens
4. The cultivated ‘healing garden’: Respite and support or lifestyle change?
Esther Veen and Karolina Doughty
5. Mental health outcomes associated with gardening: A scoping review
Selma Lunde Fjaestad, Jessica L Mackelprang, Takemi Sugiyama and Jonathan Kingsley
Part II: Companion planting: Cultivating human wellbeing
6. Critically exploring public realm greenspace as a therapeutic landscape and the role of Green Social Prescribing
Jessica Thompson, Michelle Howarth, Michael Hardman and Penny Cook
7. Creating a therapeutic garden for people with Huntington’s Disease and other neurological conditions
8. Green places in red spaces: Broadening understanding of therapeutic gardening within rural Australia
Amy Baker, Alejandra Aguilar and Ben Sellar
9. Health and wellbeing benefits of therapeutic gardens and gardening activities for older people living in residential aged care settings
Theresa L Scott
Part III: Dig Deep: expanding and enriching the cultivated therapeutic landscape
10. Environmental place-making by the ‘out of place’: Migrants building connections to new landscapes through structured conservation activities
Pauline Marsh, Suzanne Mallick, Dave Kendal and Renae Riviere
11. Eradicating malnutrition through small-scale, diverse and local food production
Bruce French and Anthea Maynard
12. Nurturing Soil-adarities: Growing multispecies justice in therapeutic landscapes
13. Tending the wilds inside: Cultivating healing at the unruly edges of the garden
Alice McSherry and Robin Kearns
Horti-cultural geographies: Situating the garden as an assemblage of health and wellbeing