Dementia Friendly Gardening Workshop

01 Mar 2019
Venue: The Green Kitchen Café and Garden Centre, 12 Walkinstown Green, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 View Map

The outdoors provides a wide range of opportunities for engagement, occupation and activity for a person with dementia.


The benefits of dementia-friendly garden activities

  • Provides gentle sensory, social and cognitive stimulation
  • Increases wellbeing, reduces stress, and improves orientation to time and place
  • Provides opportunities to enjoy the therapeutic effects of nature
  • Reminds a person of familiar roles and memories
  • Helps maintain flexibility and muscle tone


This practical, hands-on workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to support a person with dementia to engage in gardening activities, and maximise the therapeutic benefits of nature and gardening for them.

The workshop takes place in the WALK Green Kitchen Café and garden centre. It includes a demonstration of potting and planting, the presentation of a wide range of dementia friendly plants, and discussion about how to choose the right plant for each activity. The gardening activities are designed for Irish weather and can be carried out indoors if required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Familiarity with the key principles underpinning dementia friendly gardening
  2. How to prepare and carry out potting and planting activities with a person with dementia
  3. Choosing plants that are dementia friendly and fit for purpose
  4. Maximising the sensory and therapeutic benefits of nature and gardening, and using the garden to maintain flexibility and muscle tone
  5. Using gardening and engagement with nature to increase wellbeing, reduce stress and improve orientation to time and place