Summary Bulletin: Gardening at Home
Authors: Phillippa Carnemolla and Catherine Bridge
Illustrators: M. Svenger
Published: 4th June 2014
Audience: Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
This Summary Bulletin recognises the importance of providing a safe and accessible environment for older people and those living with a disability when they enjoy and tend to a garden – be it their own private garden or a shared community area. This report provides a reference for modifying or designing garden spaces to be appropriate for a safe and enjoyable gardening experience for all abilities and ages. Inaccessible gardens and unmanageable house and garden maintenance are recognised as factors for older people making the decision to move house (Judd et. al, 2014). Therefore low maintenance, accessible gardens are important in the support of older people who want to remain in their homes as long as possible.
This report summarises how to approach accessible and safe garden designs and is laid out in three sections.
1st edition Gardening at Home: Summary Bulletin by Lara Oram and Lyndal Millikan, December 2007.
Contribution of Authors:
This is the second edition of the Summary Bulletin: Gardening at Home replacing the original publication of the same name, authored by Lara Oram and Lyndal Millikan (2007).
Phillippa Carnemolla undertook the research for this second edition. She developed the content, and formatted and wrote the Summary Bulletin. Associate Professor Catherine Bridge also provided content for inclusion in the Summary Bulletin, and advised, restructured and reviewed the final report.
Table of Contents
Contribution of Authors 2
Reproduction of material 3
Table of Contents 4
Section 1: The Accessible Garden Environment 9
The Residential Garden 9
Accessible Landscape Features 10
Ramp Design 18
Plants and accessibility 19
Planting Schemes 19
Section 2: Accessible Garden Planning, Tools and Equipment 20
Accessible Garden Beds 20
Raised Garden Beds 20
Table Planters 21
Vertical Gardens 21
Garden Planning 29
Products to assist in safe and accessible gardening practice 32
Section 3: Safety in the garden 39
Handling soil, potting mix and mulches 40
Commercial products and chemicals 40
General gardening equipment safety 41
Plant Safety 42
Sourcing safe and sustainable plants 44
Poisonous or venomous animals and insects 44
Appendix 1: Gardening at Home Checklist 47
Appendix 2: Standards Relevant to Accessible Gardening at Home 48
Specialist Review Panel
|Nell Rickard||Nell Rickard Landscape Architect Australian Institute of Landscape Architects||Guest Expert Reviewer|
|Sandra Lightfoot||Macarthur Home Modifications and Maintenance Services||Industry Panel|
|Beverley Garlick||Beverley Garlick Architects Royal Institute of Architects||Industry Panel|
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