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March 9 2021

head gardener sallie speaks at trellis’ online conference

The arrival of March will hopefully mark the beginning of sustained weeks of warm, spring days, but as well as bringing spells of sunshine it’s also heralded the arrival of Trellis’ brand new seminar series!

Trellis is Scotland’s network for therapeutic gardening and from 8th – 12th March they’re hosting an intriguing conference entitled Therapeutic Gardening: Learning from Around the World.

With yesterday marking the first day of the event, we were delighted to see and hear from Horatio’s Garden Scotland Head Gardener, Sallie Sillars, who shared her insights into the world of gardens and gardening with a wonderful audience.

As well as introducing everyone to the charity as a national entity, Sallie offered all attendees the chance to learn more about our work from her own personal experiences in our garden in Glasgow. She detailed how the horticultural therapy sessions she runs really help to support people’s mental and physical adjustment to living with a spinal injury, as well as how the stunning sanctuary as a whole helps to improve the wellbeing of patients, their loved ones and NHS staff spending time in the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit.

Sallie’s webinar has certainly helped to set the tone for what promises to be a fantastic week of intelligent, thoughtful seminars. The series will be welcoming a host of esteemed experts in therapeutic gardening from across the world, with perspectives coming from as far as America, Peru, Spain, France and Singapore. Of course, many more brilliant speakers who are a little more local will also be joining in with their contributions, which include practical and inspiring sessions from projects such as Urban Roots and Forfar Open Gardens.

Registration for all the webinars is free and everyone is welcome, whether you were new to gardening in 2020 or are an experienced practitioner already using gardening to help people improve their health and wellbeing.

To see the programme and register for the talks of your choice, please click here

We’re thrilled to have seen Sallie feature as part of this important conference and hope that her stories have inspired you to embrace all that the natural world has to offer.

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