The Garden Cure

Jan Cameron

Jan Cameron has worked in therapeutic and community gardens for 40 years and has seen first-hand in many different contexts how gardening directly benefits our health. Jan has clocked up three years as a community education/youth worker; ten years working in residential school for distressed children; 25 years work in mental health training gardens and six years working in community gardens.

This, her first book, is set to be the primary resource on this important subject.


The Garden Cure

Cultivating our well-being and growth

by Jan Cameron

  • RRP: £9.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781912235872
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235995



Buy The Garden Cure

This is a story of gardens and how people can grow well in them.

Through a lifetime’s experience of award-winning work in community gardens and in mental health care and training, Cameron shows us how tending green spaces can bring tremendous benefits to mental health.

Using the garden’s annual cycle, she reveals how stages of the growing year can act as a powerful metaphor and even mirror healing mechanisms that can help in times of distress, anxiety or depression. By exploring practices used in therapeutic and community garden settings we learn techniques that can be applied whatever your circumstances.

The Garden Cure is full of ideas and tools that will help support your own and others’ physical and mental well-being, especially when life is challenging. How, in other words, gardening helps us all grow and thrive.

REVIEWS OF The Garden Cure

"People involved in therapeutic and community gardens will find this book an invaluable guide to creating gardens and groups that offer maximum benefit to everyone involved. Both rookie and expert gardeners will see their vocation in a fascinating new light. For every reader, gardener or not, this book offers a wealth of profoundly thought-provoking ideas about what it means to be well and live well." Fiona Thackeray, Head of Operations & Development at Trellis Scotland