EP008- Rachel Freeman Talks Horticultural Therapy And The Health Benefits Of Gardening.


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Apr 02 2020 46 mins   2

In episode number 008 of Master My Garden podcast we talk Horticultural Therapy and the health benefits of gardening with Rachel Freeman. 
Rachel Freeman is a Lecturer in Horticulture at TU Dublin and is based on the Blanchardstown campus, Dublin 15. Rachel attended College of Amenity Horticulture Glasnevin, Dublin, completing a BSc Horticulture at Writtle College in the UK. In recent years she studied an MSc in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture at the University of Coventry UK.

Spending much of her early career working in training and vocational education with the Irish Probation and Welfare Service in a centre for marginalised youth in Dun Laoghaire, Rachel taught horticulture. It was there she became interested in therapeutic horticulture, in particular its benefits to challenging and marginalised young people.

Rachel comes from a rural farming and business family in Kilkelly Co. Mayo who have a background in a wide variety of successful entrepreneurial business ventures, where she still maintains an interest. Family on both sides, the Costello’s and the Freeman’s were great gardeners. Nature and the environment are her passion, and she loves to share her skills with local interest groups in Dublin 15 and further afield. 

This was a great episode outlining the health benefits of gardening and horticultural therapy. We also talk about Rachels garden and her 3 favourite plants. Rachel can be contacted on [email protected]


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Until the next time 
Happy Gardening
John