Invited speakers

From the exhibition A touch of nature to international project Botanical garden:

COME IN! – From the margin of attention to the centre...

Jarmila Skružná et al.


Prague Botanical Garden


The activities of Prague Botanical Garden revolve around people with special needs for more than 20 years. From making small exhibitions we managed to spread the topic of making botanical gardens accessible across European botanical gardens. The outcome of three year long intensive cooperation of an international project team is an exhibition for all senses, a methodology of work with visitors with special needs, but, above all, new experience, skills and rich inspiration for all involved.



Interpretation of the White Carpathians for people with physical disabilities

Marie Křiváková, Jitka Datinská


Centre Veronica Hostětín


Even people with special needs want to know and protect nature. Since 2014, Veronica Center in Hoštětín tries to make White Carpathians and ecological education accessible for those people. We checked their needs and options connected to the visit. We created Plan of interpretation of natural and cultural heritage of White Carpathians for people with special needs. The premises of Veronica Center were adjusted and special programmes were created for those groups of visitors. In an exemplary natural garden, where garden education and garden therapy take place, we created a "trail of senses" that encompasses labels in Braille type. Together with people with special needs we organize events and work on removing the barriers.



Using Nature Based Therapy for rehabilitation and prevention

Dr. Eva-Lena Larsson, Dr. Eva Sahlin



Dr. Eva-Lena Larsson, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Sweden.


Presentation of a successful nature-based rehabilitation model to help people with burnout to regain health and work capacity.


Dr. Eva Sahlin, Institute of Stress Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden


Presentation of results from research and evaluations of nature-based interventions for individuals with different degrees of stress-related mental illness at Green Rehab.




Helping people engage with their environment in new ways

Jane Stoneham

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Jane Stoneham is Director of the Sensory Trust, an organisation championing inclusive and sensory design in the UK. With a background in horticulture and landscape, Jane’s work focuses on building richer connections between people and place. “We help people engage with their environment in new ways - to take a fresh view of somewhere familiar, use all their senses, create memories”. Jane has worked with a rich mix of public greenspace in the UK and internationally, and was part of the original development team that built the Eden Project. Jane’s publications include ‘Landscape Design for Elderly and Disabled People’ and ‘Grounds for Sharing’.


Jane’s talk will show how sensory experiences and an inclusive approach can provide deeper, more memorable connections and engage a wider range of visitors. It will draw on Sensory Trust techniques designed to help venues become more inclusive and welcoming to visitors with disabilities.




TD - The Accessibility Database, a method of empowering people

Åsa Kågeson


TD is a unique database in Sweden that offers information to inhabitants and visitors about accessibility in day-to-day life. It covers everything from outdoor areas, stately homes and hotels to medical centres and libraries. Whilst many people want to play an active part in community life and take advantage of what society has to offer, not everyone has the same opportunity to do so. The aim of TD is that every establishment, service or space is described sufficiently well to make it easy for you to decide if you want to visit it or not. TD is based on legislation, UN conventions and regulations. Gothenburg botanical garden as well as 7242 other facilities such as museums, shops, restaurants, parks, gardens and trails are now connected to the Accessibility database and the numbers are growing. TD – necessary for some good for all!



 Universal Sensory Garden in the Bolestraszyce Arboretum

Ewa Antoniewska, Dagmara Lib, Narcyz Piórecki



Arboretum i Zakład Fizjografii w Bolestraszycach

37-700 Przemyśl

skr. poczt. 471

tel./fax. +48 16 671 64 25



Narcyz Piórecki is the director of the Arboretum and Department of Physiography in Bolestraszyce – a cultural institution located in the Subcarpathian region of Poland, on the area of a former park and manor house. The director, who is also a research worker at the University of Rzeszów, actively promotes culture and education in the fields of the cultural and natural heritage protection as well as garden design.


Narcyz Piórecki was also the initiator and designer of a number of important projects in the Arboretum, including introducing facilities for the disabled, creating the educational trail about aquatic plants and animals, and building the educational garden known as the Universal Sensory Garden in 2007. It is the only garden of this scale in Poland, with the “Touch Gallery” and the typhlo-planetarium.


Ewa Antoniewska oversees the collection of protected and endangered plants, wild edible plants, dyeing plants, and crop plants. She is also responsible for the Index-Seminum, develops numerous educational trails in the Arboretum, and organizes contests for children and teenagers.


As a typhlo-pedagogue, Dagmara Lib conducts classes with disabled people in the Universal Sensory Garden and with school children and teenagers. Her responsibilities also include updating databases in the ArcGis system, which contain information about the trees and shrubs in the Arboretum, as well as organizing various events, such as the Garden Festival and the International Festival of Cornelian Cherry.



Association of Horticulture therapy in the Czech Republic

Jana Dvořáčková



Emerging Association connects providers, educators and other interested parties in the field of horticultural therapy. The purpose of the Association is propagation and development of horticulture therapy as targeted, planned and reflected therapeutic process. The aim of such process is to increase or at least maintain physical, mental, cognitive and social functions and self-sufficiency of participants. The main means of this process are work with plants, activities in garden and contact with nature in the presence of professional therapist thus ensuring achievement of specific clinically defined goals.


Associations of horticultural therapy are spread worldwide. The first association was established in the United States of America. The USA is considered the cradle of horticultural therapy. Except the US, horticultural therapy has its place in Canada, Australia or New Zealand. In Asia, we can find horticultural therapy in Japan, Korea or in Hong Kong.


Horticultural therapy is also known in Europe. Association of horticultural therapy exists in many countries, e.g. the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland or in Scandinavia.



 Lipka – school facility for environmental education is involved in

environmental education for more than 25 years

Zuzana Galle



In response to years of experience with positive impact of stay in nature to both children and adults, our attention is focused on horticultural therapy. At present, several of Lipka’s facilities use horticulture therapy regularly with different target groups. For this reason we built new or specifically re-built old gardens of some facilities so that the equipment of these gardens is suitable for horticultural therapy and for the needs of their users.


We cooperate with organizations focused on elderly people, adults with mental disabilities, children with specific needs or on people in difficult (social) situations. Each target group has its specific needs and specific outputs that need to be reach. It affects the organization of work with these groups.


This article introduces different activities, garden equipment, results and unexpected, pleasant side effects of horticultural therapy. It also refers to Lipka’s educational activities connected to horticultural therapy.