Tremendous-charging psychology with doses of nature and gardening – Life Issues


The healing powers of nature is something many personally swear by, and more studies are scientifically tracing its benefits.

Erica Vowles speaks to psychologist Simon Lush, who combines his therapeutic skills with his horticultural training to work with individuals and groups on all aspects of mindfulness in nature.

Along the way, he has worked with a landscaper, fellow psychologists, and clients to expand the field of therapeutic gardening to include mental health spaces.


Andrew Laidlaw, Landscape architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

Simon Lush, Psychologist and horticulturist

Jason Wells, Outdoor enthusiast and participant in a course designed by Simon Lush that combines horticulture, therapeutic gardening and mindfulness

Dr. Angelo Pagano, Psychologist and clinical director at Western Psychological Services in Melton