Occupational Engagement: DOING BEING BECOMING & BELONGING
Gardening & the garden Gardening and as an extension to that the appreciation of gardens is a strong theme in New Zealand. As a Kiwi who as lived for many years away from the country I had forgotten the importance of gardening to the people of New Zealand. Of course it is not surprising given the fertile nature of the soil of this country. My first reminder of this was in Hamilton when I saw the great public gardens. I also became aware during my 2nd placement that many of the residence identified as been gardeners. The facility provided them with an opportunity to continue with this occupation. During my fieldwork placement in New Plymouth I was privileged to visit homes as part of the community setting. Again I was struck by the gardens and the clients who expressed there love of gardening and gardens. This year my move to Dunedin has exposed me to even more aspects of gardening in New Zealand. There is a community garden up the road, a community school community garden which is part of the home economic and a community herb garden as part of the Dunedin Botanicalgardens. This great public garden are used by lots of people everyday, it is a short cut to the university from North Dunedin, it is a place to feed the ducks, play inthe park, stroll , sit in the sun, admire the view, have a cup of tea, visit the various hot houses, look at the Leith, listen to music the list goes on. They are a hive of occupations, an inspiration for gardeners and an important part of the local community.
Selwyn Wilson Carlie Nursing Home raised gardens. Image retrieved from http://www.selwyncare.org.nz/112/Rest- Home-Care
Access to gardening is important to allow people to continue to identify as a gardener Retrieved from greenthumbs.cedwvu.org
These kinds of garden beds help people to be gardeners. Retrieved from ucanr.org
Others have embraced recycling as part of their gardening ethos Retrieved from balconyofdreams.blogspot.com
Gardening for many people has to do with food production and contributing to community. Image retrieved from http://dannsbay.37southnz.com/photos-from- raised-garden-beds/
This help them to continue in roles that are part of who they have been throughout their lives. Image retrieved from http://dannsbay.37southnz.com/photos-from- raised-garden-beds/
Dunedin North Intermediate. Image by Mary WicksI was considering this when I noticed this garden in thelocal school. Increasingly in New Zealand gardens arebeen established in schools. I bet many future gardenersare born out of this movement
North Dunedin Intermediate School raised kitchengarden. Image by Mary WicksGardeners are now not only part of the homeenvironment but every community needs a gardenestablished and looked after by enthusiastic gardenerswho are happy to contribute. In this case a schoolcommunity.
Raised beds with herbs Dunedin North Intermediate.Image by Mary WicksThis garden is part the home economics classes, thepupils garden then they cook.
Raised beds Dunedin North Intermediate. Image byMary Wicks
Another local garden is the North East Valley Community Garden
It is on the top field of the local primary school.
“Researchers working in the field of social andtherapeutic horticulture are frequently askedwhat it is about gardening projects that isbeneficial. Summarising the themesmentioned above a brief answer could be thatthese projects provide an interrelated set ofactivities that have purpose and coherence;they take place within a garden space that hasbeen created and defined; they enable therestorative experience through their setting ina natural environment and they promote socialinclusion through the key dimensions of socialinteraction, production, consumption andpolitical engagement “Sempik & Aldridge (2004) Social andTherapeutic Horticulture in the UK: theGrowing Together StudyLoughborough University, Loughborough,Leicestershire
Community accessible herb garden. Image by MaryWick
This garden is for the whole community to learn aboutherbs and the different uses.
Herb garden, Dunedin Botanical Gardens. Image byMary Wicks
Gardens are a great place to relax. Image by MaryWicksThis north facing hill in the Botanical Garden is very popular as itis real sun trap and the view of the rest of the garden and outover the city to the far hills is lovely.
Enjoying the gardens. Image by Mary WicksThis is a great leisure activity and an inspiration for manygardens. This part of the Botanical garden uses lots ofrock garden among the tall pines on the lower slopes ofthe north facing hill.
“Solitude in the presence of naturalbeauty and grandeur is the cradle ofthoughts and aspirations which arenot only good for the individual, butwhich society could ill do without.”John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy (1848)