Gardening Activities for Adults with Disabilities
Gardening has several benefits for our physical and mental well-being. Spending time outdoors and tending to plants is known to reduce stress and promote a sense of accomplishment and higher self-esteem, as well as boosting psychological well-being. For many, spending time in the garden can ease feelings of anxiety.
Due to these benefits, gardening is a brilliant accessible activity for people with disabilities, supporting mental and physical health.
The Top Gardening Activities For Adults With Disabilities
Adults with disabilities can be involved in a wide range of gardening activities – there is really no limit to what you can do with sensory and accessible gardens! We have listed some of the top activities to experience in the garden below.
Watering the Garden
The garden will need to be watered regularly for the plants to receive the nutrients they need. Anyone can do this activity by using a garden hose or a flat-sided watering can to water the plant beds and plants within the garden.
Digging and Planting
Digging and planting are essential for the garden as it breaks up the soil allowing plants and flowers to grow. For this activity, you can place plants and flowers anywhere you want in the garden and have a choice on what types of plants and flowers you’d like to see grow.
Various garden tools are available for people with disabilities, such as extendable garden tools for hard-to-reach areas or more expansive garden beds. Thicker handles for rakes, spades and shovels make the tools easier to use for those that have a weaker grip. Garden seats that are adjustable in height and have a 360-degree swivel seat attached can also be useful for making gardening activities more accessible.
Flower Picking and Arranging
You can also get creative by picking the flowers you’ve patiently watched grow and arranging them into beautiful bouquets and display features. All your hard gardening work will certainly be paid off when you get the chance to create beautiful flower arrangements to give as gifts or proudly display within your home!
How to Make Your Garden Accessible For People with Disabilities
There are several ways to make gardens more accessible to ensure everyone can enjoy spending time in the fresh air and developing a bit of a green thumb.
- Raised flower beds – Specifically tailored height and width to meet the user’s needs.
- Hanging baskets – Some hanging baskets have a pulley system to be raised and lowered from a wheelchair.
- Reachable borders.
- Accessible arbours.
- Smooth non-slip paths for wheelchair users and gardeners with visual impairments.
- Sensory areas.
- Short and gentle ramps for access to different level areas of the garden.
- Access to comfortable seating, such as a bench.
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants to Include in Your Garden
Adding sensory-friendly plants to any garden is the perfect way to stimulate all the senses. Combining natural features, textures, smells, sounds and delicious treats creates an unforgettable sensory experience for adults to support different needs and sensory preferences.
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants for Sound
- Various grass plants
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants For Bright Visual Colours
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants For Smell
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants For Touch
- Aloe Vera
The Top Sensory-Friendly Plants For Taste
The Calvert Exmoor Courtyard Garden
Here at Calvert Exmoor, we have our very own courtyard garden full of different plants, smells, bright colours and textures. The garden is situated in the middle of our accommodation buildings and provides a sanctuary for all of our guests to enjoy.
Our garden beds are low and raised, allowing guests to walk between or sit on the benches taking in the garden’s surroundings. We could offer gentle supervised gardening if any of our guests would like to try a spot of gardening!
We make it our mission to provide accessible facilities and activities for everyone to enjoy. If you’re ready to embark on an accessible holiday in Devon, why not plan a trip with us? You’ll be able to experience a range of incredible activities, including abseiling, canoeing, cycling and many more!