When care home gardener Brendon, placed his order for summer flowers, he didn’t expect Elizabeth, the proprietor, to order quite as many. Over 200 plants arrived at the home, all needing to be set in beautiful new pots and hanging baskets.

Residents eagerly helped Brendon with the planting and were delighted when the shoots burst into summer colour.

Gardening is an excellent therapeutic tool for elderly and disabled residents. It encourages them to go outside into the fresh air and once outside provides a reason to stay there and enjoy nature. Gardens are sensory places where the scenery is changing every day. For everyone and particularly someone who lives in a residential care home the smell of a garden, the herbs and flowers in summer and the damp leaves in autumn can be very stimulating.