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Horticulture Therapy – Why we need MORE School Gardens…. Dirty Hands Make Happy Hearts !

Gardening is an engaging activity for children of all ages and abilities. Join us in visiting 3 special school settings where students can enjoy the recreational & therapeutic benefits of gardening.

Teachers and volunteers will gain an insight into:
– Recreational/therapeutic and pre-vocational benefits of gardening
– The delivery of a Certificate 2 program in Horticulture
– Kitchen/garden programs and the importance of volunteers
– Composting on a big scale
– Creating exciting school garden environments

This workshop will include visits to two special schools with successful garden programs & the Austin Hospital School to discover the benefits of gardening for our health and well-being.

When: Friday 11th August 2017,  9.00am to 3.30pm

Where Starting at Waratah Special Developmental School 230 Banksia Street, Bellfield. Car pooling to & from Austin Hospital. Finishing at Croxton School Northcote

Cost  $120 Teachers / $30 Volunteers & Parents, includes refreshments/lunch

To book go to TryBooking

Margaret Sulikowski – Garden educator at Waratah Special Development School
Ellen Regos – Team Leader, School Foods Garden Program from Cultivating Community
Steve Wells – Nurse and Horticulture Therapist from Austin Health
Richard Bellemo – inspirational school garden designer & landscaper
Basil Natoli – Special Education Teacher and horticulturist

For more information on this and other professional development workshops – please go to the VSGA website at or contact the VSGA directly on tel. 9576 0599.

Victorian Schools Garden Awards in partnership with Waratah Special Development School / Croxton Special / Austin Hospital School

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