Gardening has lots of health benefits and is a physical activity that can be enjoyed by older people. There are many activities that tending to and looking after a garden can be enjoyed by older people:

  • planting
  • watering
  • collecting food and flowers
  • being outdoors enjoying all the natural scents, touching plants, listening to the sounds of nature and can bring about reminiscence. 

At Abbeyfield, our houses and homes have beautifully maintained gardens and private spaces for residents to enjoy, where they can spend time in nature or curate and grow their own flowers or vegetables. 

The health and well being benefits of gardening

From helping to reduce stress to perhaps even being the secret to a longer life, we take a look at some of the many health and well-being benefits of gardening.

Read about the health benefits of gardening

Gardening tips

LawnStarter: The Basics of Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is a great way to keep the garden looking tidy, whilst protecting your back and other muscles that may be strained during a usual garden tidy.

A guide to encouraging wildlife in your garden

No matter how big or how small your garden is, you can do your bit to encourage and help the wildlife around you. Even if your 'garden' is on a balcony, there are plenty of ways you can encourage birds and bees with window feeders and bug boxes.

Top gardening tips from green-fingered experts

Warm weather means one thing, it's time to get your gardening gloves on! In this blog we share some top tips from green fingered experts.

Read stories from Abbeyfield

Gardening stories from our residents, houses and homes.

Peter helps brighten up the community in Cowes

Keen gardener and Abbeyfield Clifton House resident Peter is using his passion for gardening to help transform the outdoor spaces at the house and within the local community.

Peter’s green thumbs brighten up Clifton House

Peter, resident of Abbeyfield Clifton House, is using his passion for gardening to help transform the outdoor spaces at the house and the local community – even creating a Hotel for Bugs!

Resident Frank picks up a Farnham in Bloom Gold award

Having won the Gold award at Farnham in Bloom for the third year in a row Frank is encouraging residents to enjoy relaxed exercise in the beautiful gardens. Frank hopes his passion for gardening will inspire generations to come.

The Abbeyfield Society Marketing Team adds some colour to brighten up Winnersh’s fences

For Volunteers Week, The Abbeyfield Society's Marketing Team headed over to Winnersh to paint their fences before their Jubilee celebrations.

Green-fingered residents recognised with regional award

The residents of Westfield House in Loughborough are celebrating receiving an award from the Royal Horticultural Society and East Midland in Bloom.

New memory garden for people with dementia

This magical memory garden has opened at Palmerston Care Home in Belfast to help residents who are living with dementia.

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