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海外園藝治療文章分享Oversea HT Articles Sharing

Horticultural Therapy in Nursing Homes

Physical and Psychological Health Conditions of Older Adults Classified as Gardeners or Nongardeners

 

 

甚麼是園藝治療?
如何成為園藝治療師?

My Horticultural Therapy Journey

我的反思
學習園藝治療心聲
園藝!您好嗎?
花王隨筆
請將步伐放慢
廣州華南植物園遊記
 

甚麼是園藝治療


馮婉儀 註冊園藝治療師
香港園藝治療協會會長

推廣園藝治療已經數年,我也經常被問及何謂園藝治療?園藝活動和園藝治療有什麼分別呢?園藝治療師的工作是什麼?等一連串問題。簡單來說,園藝治療就是在受過專業訓練的註冊園藝治療師,指導下進行園藝活動,讓服務對象達致治療效果。參加者能夠獲得認知、社交、情緒、身體、精神及創意方面的好處。

認知方面
--提升集中及專注力
--跟從指示和步驟
--訓練記憶力、邏輯思考、抽象思維等認知能力
--學習新知識和技能

社交方面
--輕鬆自然,共同的話題
--改善溝通,與他人相處的技巧
--提供與他人合作機會
--提供機會與人,大自然和環境融合

情緒方面
--改善自信心
--提昇自我形象和成功感
--減低壓力、負面情緒和行為
--在一個無威脅性環境下,提升抵抗逆境能力

身體方面
--提供不同程度的運動機會
--在輕鬆自然環境下,提升服務對象運動和活動的動機
--透過改良式工具(Adaptive tools),治療景觀設計 ( Therapeutic Landscape Design ),讓服務對象親身體驗園藝治療活動
--改善身體機能

精神及創意方面
--提供發揮創意機會
--植物和大自然融合
--反思人生哲理

園藝治療必須有園藝治療師的參與,也包括有服務對象 (Client )。而服務對象是多元化,不同年齡、不同背景及不同能力的對象,例如長者、青少年、兒童、認知和身體障礙人士、經常感受壓力人士、精神病患者等,筆者現在應用園藝治療在不同服務對象,主要為減壓人士、中小學生、認知和身體障礙人士、長者,尤其是老年癡呆症和抑鬱情緒長者等。

園藝治療其中一項特色就是活動多元化,能夠因應服務對象的能力和需要安排合適的活動,達至治療效果。活動大致區分為室外、室內;主動、被動;靜態、動態。

園藝治療與園藝活動的分別

園藝治療是以人為本,而園藝活動則是以植物為本
園藝活動是以植物的需要為依歸,故此了解植物的習性和料理技巧是非常重要。透過學習園藝知識和技巧、應用,讓植物能夠健康和茁壯地成長。
園藝治療是以服務對象的需要和能力為考慮重點,著重參與過程。園藝治療師首先會評估服務對象的能力和需要。依照個別情況,訂立目標,設計合適的園藝活動,達致治療效果。

園藝治療與其他專業治療的異同

在治療疾病方面,我們依賴主流的醫療體系,主要由醫生和相關的專業人士診斷,透過藥物和其他醫療方法醫治疾病。
近年醫療界也流行輔助治療,從而改善病患者的心理狀況,提升生活質素,促進身心健康。輔助治療包括音樂治療、藝術治療等,園藝治療也是其中一種。
上述的輔助治療,需要由受過專業訓練的註冊治療師執行有關的治療活動,他們依照一套專業守則和訓練提供服務,達致正面的療效。

園藝治療最獨特的地方,它的介入媒體是植物。植物是擁有生命的,有其生命週期,能夠在服務對象悉心照料下成長。在治療小組完結後,服務對象可以繼續照料所栽種的植物,一起分享植物生長的狀況,讓園藝治療的療效可以持續下去。

當然,生命是有周期的,花開花落,有生亦有死,這也是人生的必然現象。園藝治療活動確能給予參與者親身的體驗和反思機會。

 

如何成為園藝治療師
馮婉儀 註冊園藝治療師
會長 香港園藝治療協會

園藝治療是由受過園藝治療專業訓練的園藝治療師執行的,究竟園藝治療師的工作是怎樣的?首先,園藝治療師需要修讀園藝治療專業相關課程,並且累積要求時數的園藝治療實務經驗,在具備認受性的機構註冊,依照一套專業守則和專業訓練提供服務。

園藝治療師須懂得以下知識和技巧

  1. 度身訂造的園藝治療活動

園藝治療師首先評估服務對象的能力和需要,訂立目標、工序分析、安排合適的園藝治療活動,達致治療效果。例如在設計園藝治療活動給予情緒抑鬱長者時,目標是改善他們的情緒,植物的選取是非常重要,植物的色彩較為鮮艷,而且容易栽種和生命力較強。

  1. 治療性景觀設計

跨專業合作方面,園藝治療師和景觀設計師是緊密的合作伙伴。園藝治療師提供設計概念和一些治療性景觀設計元素,景觀設計師則負責繪圖和技術上的支援。整體設計是無障礙的,著重五官的刺激,設計合適的花壇,例如高架式、直立式等,而且將園藝治療操作區融合在設計內,讓服務對象可以很舒適地進行園藝治療活動。

  1. 改良式園藝工具

部分服務對象未必能夠使用一般傳統式的園藝工具,治療師會評估參加者的活動能力,提供適合的改良式園藝工具,讓他們進行如常的園藝治療活動。這些工具包括一些鏟子、較剪、澆水器等。這些改良式園藝工具可以在坊間購買,但亦可與職業治療師合作,度身訂造一些自製的工具讓服務對象使用。

如何成為註冊園藝治療師?

在香港,現階段沒有註冊園藝治療師制度,而且亦未有專上學院舉辦有關學位課程。修讀有關學位課程和註冊成為園藝治療師需要前往外國。

美國園藝治療協會是最具規模和認受性的園藝治療機構,了解園藝治療師的註冊資格可瀏覽他們的網址:www.ahta.org 。很多著名和代表的園藝治療師也是在美國園藝治療協會註冊,筆者和本協會的美國和加拿大園藝治療顧問,也是該協會的註冊園藝治療師呢!

為了推動園藝治療在香港的發展,筆者也舉辦園藝治療基礎訓練課程,而且也計劃開辦進階課程。讓學員可以認識和掌握基本園藝治療知識和技巧,應用和累積實務經驗。訓練課程發展方向是希望能夠與美國園藝治療協會的註冊要求銜接。當然這需要時間和各方面的努力,但筆者深信只要堅持理想,終有一天會達致目標。

 

 My Horticultural Therapy Journey


Fung, Connie Yuen Yee, HTR RSW
President,
Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture

“What is Horticultural Therapy? I haven’t heard about it.”
“You are Horticultural Therapist. Do you take care of sick plants and save them?”
“Are you a horticulturist?”

Horticultural therapy is new in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is an international financial city. It is economical and materialistic. Green life seems to be a dessert in a big meal. Starting horticultural therapy in Hong Kong is really challenging.

I step into the world of Horticultural Therapy by luck. Back to the year of 2000, I worked as a program director at a new pilot project for dementia. There is a beautiful garden which was specially designed for demented elderly. I was responsible to develop the garden: “The Greenery”. I started my journey in Horticultural Therapy from the Greenery which is a good memory to me forever.

In the beginning, I did some planting activities with the elderly. We planted flowers, vegetables and….. As time flew, I realized that there was chemical reaction between horticultural activities and demented elderly. When they worked with plants, their smiles were so amazing and touching. Horticultural activities are more than horticulture. Horticulture has therapeutic values.

In 2004, I was sponsored to attend a Horticultural Therapy Certificate Course at Providence Farm in Vancouver Island. I met my instructor, Christine Pollard and many wonderful classmates from different parts of the world. Afterwards, I registered as a Horticultural Therapist Registered with America Horticultural Therapy Association.

A year later, I made an important decision in my career life. I wished to focus and explore more into the world of Horticultural Therapy. Therefore, I set up Hong Kong Horticultural Therapy Centre to develop and promote Horticultural Therapy in Hong Kong.

With two years’ hard work, Horticultural Therapy is developing in Hong Kong. Basically, I have four core tasks: horticultural therapy promotion, horticultural therapy trainings, horticultural therapeutic groups and therapeutic landscape design.

In the area of horticultural therapy promotion, there are induction workshops, sharing sessions, mass media interviews and connection with worldwide HT professionals.

For horticultural therapy trainings, targets include professionals and public. I will conduct induction course and stress management courses for general public. In-depth HT training courses are tailor-made for professionals such as nurses, social workers, teachers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and so on.

In the area of horticultural therapeutic groups, I am expertise at leading HT groups for elderly especially those demented and with depressive mood. I also lead HT groups for elementary and high school students. I am now starting HT groups for those with mental retardation and mental illness.

Therapeutic landscape is very new in Hong Kong. I have developed a Horticultural Therapy Corner at a Farm with a landscape designer. In coming year, there is a project of developing a therapeutic HT landscape in a botanic garden. In Hong Kong, there is limitation of outdoor space for HT development. It is hoped to develop indoor gardens for horticultural therapy.

Recently, Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture was established. Its mission is to promote horticultural therapy.

For future development, horticultural therapy researches can contribute more HT evidence base. Also, more sharing with other HT professionals are important to provide quality HT programs.

What is my feeling of the past years’ commitment in the world of Horticultural Therapy?
It is really hard work and challenging. I feel a bit lonely as I am the only Horticultural Therapist in Hong Kong and China. However, I enjoy every step in my Horticultural Therapy journey. I know and believe that I will get support from HT family.?

“Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not?”Robert F. Kennedy

 

A Way Forward –Horticultural Therapy at Hong Kong Flower Show

Fung Yuen Yee Connie
Horticultural Therapist Registered
Registered Social Worker
President Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture

In Hong Kong, Horticultural Therapy is a new emerging profession. With three years’ development, horticultural therapy is now applying in various health care and social service settings. Service users include students, elderly, persons with physical & cognitive impairment and so on. Apart from therapeutic groups & projects, therapeutic landscape design is an area for development.

Hong Kong Flower Show is a popular event in Hong Kong each year. In 2008, it has been held from 14 – 24 March at Victoria Park. More than 200 organizations from 21 countries participated at the flowers and landscape display. There were over 548,000 visitors.

The theme of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden display 2008 was “Horticultural Therapy”. To be the first and the only horticultural therapist registered with American Horticultural Therapy Association in Hong Kong, I actively participated in the project. We started from concept and finished with wonderful accomplishment.

Conceptual Framework
Horticultural therapy is client-centered and emphasizes participation. Therapeutic landscape is the hardware and therapeutic programs are software. Basically, participants can feel in the therapeutic landscape and participate in therapeutic programs. These are the “being” & “doing” parts of horticultural therapy.
Based on these concepts, the goals of the display were:

  1. To demonstrate the essential elements of therapeutic landscape.
  2. To demonstrate therapeutic programs for different targets.
  3. To promote horticultural therapy.

Special characteristic of the display is interactive and experiential.

Therapeutic Landscape Design


The design is guided with the universal design principles. Accessibility is a key consideration. Features include accessible entrance, hard paving, handrail, signage, wheelchair accessible and gentle graded path.
There were four thematic areas for therapeutic landscape display: Sensory Walk, Meditation Corner, Horticultural Therapy Program Site, Raised Planters with Adaptive Tools.

1. Sensory Walk
Sensory Walk provided a wide range of plants and landscape. We can enjoy through the use of one’s senses and interaction with plants. It exhibits the positive relationship between people and plants. It is especially beneficial for those with visual impairment, dementia, cognitive impairment and depressive mood.
The Walk was designed in a meandering path with handrail. All plants can be reached in a seating position. Participants can touch, rub, smell and see.

The following is a list of plants for sensory stimulation.


Visual

 

Brassica oleracea, Helianthus annuus, Rhaphiolepis indica, Loropetalum chinense, Rhododendron pulchrum, Tropaeolum majus, Viola tricolor, Pelargonium hortorum, Antirrhinum majus, Calendula officinalis and…..

Touch

 

Asparagus densiflorus, Stachys byzantine, Senecio cineraria,
Kalanchoe tomentosa baker, Artemisia schmidtiana “Nana”,
Selaginella uncinata, Dichondra argentea, Pogostemon cablin and…...

Smell

Osmanthus foagoans, Lavendula spp., Michelia figo, Melissa officinalis,
Mentha spicata, Thymus vulgaris, Rosemarinus officinalis and…...

Sound

Pennisetum purpureum, Rhapis excelsa, Disporum cantoniense,
Cymbpogon citratus and …..

Taste

Borago officinalis, Strawberry, Eggplants cloud nine,Tomato, Chives,
Passiflora edulis sims, Lettuce and ……

2. Meditation Corner
Nature employs the mind without fatigue but tranquilizes it. One of the founders of modern landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmstead, supported that contact with nature is beneficial to psychological and physiological health. Gardens can benefit participants in the following areas:
- Sense of control: temporary escape, access to privacy.
- Social support: among participants, family, staff…
- Physical movement & exercise: mild exertion, physical rehabilitation.
- Natural distraction: plants, flowers, water, nature sounds, wildlife.
The essence of the design of the Meditation Corner includes simplicity, serenity and comfort. Features are trellis, benches, lawn and water feature. Cool color was adopted for calming effects. Lavendula spp. and Senecio cineraria were thematic vegetation.

3. Horticultural Therapy Program Site
Horticultural Therapy Program Site lets clients participate and experience horticultural therapy activities. It is the “doing” part of horticultural therapy. Facilities include an accessible environment, hard paving, firm and movable tables and chairs, shade areas, tool shed, vertical planters, containers, and water source. Horticultural therapeutic programs were demonstrated at the site during the Flower Show.
4. Raised Planters with Adaptive Tools
Most planting worked at ground level. However, it may be difficult for those disabled and elderly to bend and reach for ground level plantings. Raised planters, containers and vertical planters can solve these problems. Participants can sit or lean on raised planters to do planting in a comfortable position.

For persons with physical disabilities, they may also experience difficulties in using conventional full-size gardening tools. Horticultural therapist can facilitate their participation through task analysis and program modification. Adaptive tools may be another alternative to engage them in horticultural therapy activities. Characteristics of these tools are ergonomic design, light-weight, easy grip and non-slip handle, endurable and easy to identify.

In the display, we had two raised planters with different height, planter for wheelchair, vertical planters and containers. Special designed towels and cultivators were placed at the raised planters for visitors to try.

Demonstrations of Horticultural Therapeutic Activities


I conducted four sessions of horticultural therapeutic activities at the display.

1. HT groups for elementary school students

Target of one group was students and their parents. They made dried flower picture together. Another group was seed collection and to make seed packets.

2. HT groups for high school students

Two groups were implemented. One was to press flowers and to make pressed flower picture. Another group was scheduled to make plant arrangement.

3. HT groups for elderly

Totally, two sessions were conducted for elderly living in community and those living in elderly home respectively. For community-dwelling elderly, focus was on enhancing their quality of life. They made plant arrangement – succulent & herb.
For elderly living in residential home, we had two activities:

  1. Cognitive training: seed sowing & transplanting lettuce seedling
  2. Life education: coleus cutting & planting.

Volunteers


Volunteers played a significant role for the success of the display. They are responsible for introducing display features and promoting horticultural therapy. There were totally 32 volunteers recruited from previous horticultural therapy elementary certificate courses. Majority of them are professionals.
For this display, we had two training workshops, one on-site briefing session and an evaluation session.


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Volunteers for the display

A Way Forward


It is very encouraging that the display got an award -- “Hong Kong Flower Show Grand Award For Design Excellence (Landscape Display)Local”.

The display is a good step for the development of horticultural therapy in Hong Kong & China. There is still a long journey for horticultural therapy to flourish. But I believe: “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”John Kennedy

Reference

Candice A. Shoemaker et. al 2002, Interaction by design: bringing people and plants together for health and well-being: an international symposium. Iowa: Iowa State Press.

Clare Cooper Marcus & Marni Barnes 1999, Healing gardens: therapeutic benefits and garden design recommendations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

David Kamp, Design considerations for the development of therapeutic gardens, Journal of therapeutic Horticulture Vol. VIII 1996 American Horticultural Therapy Association

Eugene A. Rothert, Maria Gabaldo & Maryellen D. King 2003, Health through horticulture: a guide for using the outdoor garden for therapeutic outcomes. Chicago: Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Fusayo Asano and Yoshisuke Miyake, A Universally Designed Garden for New Horticulture Education in Japan. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture Vol XIII 2002 American Horticultural Therapy Association.

Joann Woy 1997, Accessible gardening: tips & techniques for seniors & the disabled. Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books.

Janeen R Adil 1994, Accessible gardening for people with physical disabilities: a guide to methods, tools and plants. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc.

Mara Eckerling Guidelines for designing healing gardens, Journal of therapeutic Horticulture Vol. VIII 1996 American Horticultural Therapy Association

Martha R. DeHart & Joan R. Brown 2001, Horticultural Therapy: a guide for all seasons. Missouri: National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Scott C. Scarfone, Design of outdoor environments for wellness and the role of landscape architecture, Journal of therapeutic Horticulture Vol. VIII 1996 American Horticultural Therapy Association

Suzanne Gray Therapeutic Garden Design in Residential Care for Older Adults including Those with Dementia and Physical Frailities, Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture Vol. X 1999, American Horticultural Therapy association.

Hong Kong Flower Show 2008. Retrieved on 24 April 2008 from http://www.lcsd.gov.hk

 

園藝治療發展在香港– 我的反思


馮婉儀
註冊園藝治療師註冊社會工作者

時光飛逝。不經不覺,香港園藝治療中心成立了三年。很多時,我只是不停地忙著忙著,沒有想過靜下來思考一下。
「我做了什麼呢?對社會有什為^獻呢?」.
「我所走的方向是否正確呢?」
「有什麼地方可以改善呢?」
一連串的問題,令我慢下來,聆聽自己的聲音,認真的反思。

在園藝治療發展,基本上有四大範圍:推廣 / 聯系、訓練、園藝治療小組 / 計劃、治療景觀設計及改良式園藝工具。

卞氏圖表 

 

香港園藝治療發展

  1. 推廣 / 聯系

在推廣方面,中心舉辦了簡介工作坊,並且接受不同傳媒訪問。筆者也致力與本地和海外相關專業機構和人士聯系,互相交流和支持。

 

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傳媒訪問


2. 訓練課程
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園藝治療基礎証書課程參加者概覽

自從2006年2月,中心舉辦了十一班園藝治療基礎証書課程。參加者共208名。其中81%是專業人士,他們來自社會服務和醫護服務機構。

3. 園藝治療小組 / 計劃

  1. 長者:情緒抑鬱、老年痴呆症、體弱。
  2. 學生:中學、小學
  3. 復康服務:認知障礙、身體殘障


4. 治療景觀設計及改良式園藝工具

未來挑戰


- 欠缺外場地發展園藝治療 --- 發展室內花園的機會。
- 建立園藝治療堅固基礎 – 取得香港及國內的認可和認受性。
- 建立以証據為基礎的園藝治療的實踐 – 進行相關的園藝治療學術研究。

結語


綠油油的樹木、草地,讓人感到平和、舒適,我們身邊的一花一草,也會令人慢下來,靜心欣賞,享受大自然的美,給予反思的空間。人和植物的關係原來是如此親密、和諧、美妙。
筆者相信人和大自然是不可分割的,相連緊扣的。人和植物的接觸是那麼自然、生活化。兩者皆擁有生命週期,經歷生命和死亡。
園藝治療是一無威脅性、無歧視性的治療方法。服務提供者和服務對象一起可以享受和體驗園藝治療帶來的樂趣和療效。這正正是支持筆者繼續踏上「園藝治療旅程」的動力。

 

學習園藝治療心聲
賴德輝

藝治療這門科學雖然在美國已有三十多年歷史,但個人工作及經濟條件限制,而未能到美國或加拿大等地實地取經,因此學習園藝治療的心願只好藏在心裡多年。園藝治療是透過植物和園藝來改善學員從某種不理想的心理及生理障礙,通過簡單而重覆的植物管理步驟,讓他們從中瞭解到生命的韻律,而且可以幫助一些精神病患、自閉症和智障學員建立耐性與成就感等。從園藝治療課程中得知外地一些療養院、學校和醫院也曾運用園藝活動來治療智障和自閉症學童,當中有著不同的成效和幫助,加上我們在課堂中實習和討論,有助我在任職的中度智障兒童學校試行。全靠馮姑娘,香港終於在2006年有本地化的園藝治療入門課程,不過只得短短五堂實在不足夠。我認為實踐出箇中理論最少要花上三年時間,很高興在課程中認識到很多志同道合的朋友,彼此交流和合作,讓我們一起建構成功的本地化園藝治療示例。最後,個人亦相信園藝治療在本港以至內地仍有很大的發展空間,讓我以四句簡短說話總結對園藝治療的看法吧!

園地栽種花草
藝術滿載樂趣
治療配合需要
療程輕鬆細緻

 

園藝!您好嗎?
心橋

對園藝一竅不通的我,在偶然機會下邂逅了園藝治療,想不到從此就跟它結下了緣。
由第一次接觸園藝治療就愛上了,自己也不明白是何原因,一個對園藝、植物沒有丁點兒知識的人,從小到大都沒幾何接觸植物,但奇怪在園藝治療課堂上竟可以十分投入,且和鄰座同學一同專注地創作組合盆栽、乾花相架及水栽植物…..等,自己實在樂在其中,因而感到原來園藝活動的確能令人消除壓力,且在欣賞別人的園藝作品時,又可別有一翻感受,原來園藝是可以有很多變化的。
記得從園藝治療課堂裡帶走的植物,我把它們都帶返工作地點去,以方便日間照顧,想不到幾近枯死的白網紋葉竟在悉心照顧下茂盛起來,不禁讚嘆生命的奇妙。
在個人的體會中,實感到園藝是人與心靈的橋樑,它可以治療人心靈內的情緒,我希望園藝能成為我餘生的興趣,並致力學習更多,讓我更能發現園藝力量的奧妙。

園藝!我們是初相識,我要對您說聲:你好嗎?

 

花王隨筆

 

「園藝治療」,顧名思義,自然聯想到與植物,花草樹木有關係,治療方面可從兩方面著手,即是預防及患病,歸根究底,都是希望身體健康,身心愉快。
在中國,用植物治療疾病,源遠流長,有神農氏嘗百草之說,利用植物的根、莖,葉、果實及種子,經過炮製、煎煮程序,替人治病。但這種程序是否有些複雜?是否這些植物只要栽培生長,就可以治愈人類的疾病,如:心臟病、糖尿病、胃病、肺病……呢?
從科學實驗得知,很多植物在培植中,已直接對人有利,如:

棕櫚 – 能發放出某種因子,令人抗哀老、長壽。傳說城中某超級富豪能年愈過百,床頭常置數盆棕櫚樹,是其長壽原因之一。

吊蘭 – 在夜間微弱光線下亦能進行光合作用,吸收大量二氧化碳,釋出氧氣,還能放出殺菌素,殺滅細菌。

玫瑰 – 釋放揮發性香油精,能殺滅細菌,其艷麗的花朵,看後令人心情開朗,心境愉快。

仙人掌 – 通過視覺、嗅覺能降低血壓,穩定情緒,有利健康。

但上述各種植物,對人類病痛,只能起輔助性治療作用,不像西方醫術,藉著藥物及手術,能夠藥到病除。究竟植物界當中,是否有某類植物,能直接醫治心臟病、糖尿病……
答案是「有!」這種植物叫做「寶樹」,但它需要細心、耐性與琱萿滌鶼荂A它比種植蘭花困難數倍,為了閣下身體的健康,你會嘗試種植它嗎?
現將種植「寶樹」的方法記錄如下,僅供閣下參考:
寶樹 (健康身體) 的培植方法 (細心、耐性與琱艄h珍惜自己身體):

  1. 淋水 – 即有條理生活
  2. 施肥 – 即均衡的飲食
  3. 除虫 – 即適當的運動(去除體內的癈物)
  4. 修剪 – 即充足睡眠(補充身體元氣)

身體的各種器官在細心護理下,功能正常,何來心臟病、糖尿病……

寶樹可以健康成長(無病無痛,遠離疾病):

  1. 枝繁葉茂(事業有成)
  2. 花開滿枝(幸福家庭)
  3. 硬果纍纍(生兒育女,綿延後代)

我們只要將自己比喻作珍貴的花卉,以及悉心的愛護,自然有健康身體,盡享快樂人生!

 

請將步伐放慢!

清風

在日常的生活當中,每樣事都講求「快」!工作、家庭都忙到透不過氣,壓力自然大,有什麼方法可以解決呢?

記得在去年的一次與園藝治療有關的戶外活動中,其中有一個環節是由導師帶領我們一邊走、一邊介紹周曹的自然環境、花草樹木,當我們上完石級之後,突然間,導師停下來將耳朵貼向大樹的樹身去聆聽,跟著說:「你們試下好似我這樣做,試試聽到什麼聲音?」於是各參加者輪流嘗試跟著指示去做,過了十數分鐘,有參加者分享聽到流水聲,有的聽到「噹噹」聲,我當時聽第一次的時候,是什麼也聽不到?於是自己將心情慢慢放鬆,自己的心裹便想:今日來到這裡可以與大自然接觸,實在是一件樂事,於是便集中專注力,慢慢….慢慢,大約過了20秒,我聽到了,我聽到有流水的聲音呀!

原來可以透過觀賞及聆聽樹木,去感受大自然的力量,與及可以訓練專注力的。因為自己一向處事緊張,經常不能夠集中精神工作,如果同一時段有數項工作在進行中,我會做下這個又做下那個,結果到了最後,還是未能完成任何一項工作。

現在,我會在工作間的檯頭上放置數盆植物,閒時望下「佢」,淋下水,以及修剪下枯葉,幫助自已將情緒放緩,以及改善集中力。現在的我,可以在限期前將工作報告交給上司呢!

 

廣州華南植物園遊記

清風


2008年8月7日至8日一連兩天,我與Connie及Stephen一起前往廣州華南植物園參觀,該園於1956年建成,屬於中國科學院華南植物研究所,地點位於廣州市天河區龍眼洞火爐山下,是全國三大植物園之一,除了華南之外,還有北京及廬山呢!華南植物園又是我國最大的南亞熱帶植物園,被稱為「羊城新八景」之一的植物園。

園內主要分為試驗區及展覽區,根據植物的分類系統和生態習性共建成15個各具特色的專類園。分別有棕櫚園、蒲崗自然保護區、蔭生植物區、園林樹木區、溫室、葯用植物區、蘭園、蘇鐵園、裸子植物區、木本花卉區、經濟植物區,以及世界上收集種類最齊全的姜園和木蘭園等。

今次的探訪活動很高興獲得華南植物園研究所的學生許寧小姐接待我們。第一天,到達植物園已是中午時候了,大家都感到肚子餓,於是便去了學生宿舍附近的食堂吃午飯,與同學們一起排隊買午飯,感覺很特別呢!下午的時候,我們獲得植物園的導遊小柯及亞May作導賞及沿途介紹部份專區,短短的幾小時內,我們遊遍了棕櫚樹大道、羌園,中藥園、澳洲園、未開放的溫室等,上了寶貴的一課,認識了不少植物,實在獲益良多,我也拍了很多植物照片以便存檔做記錄呢!而園內其中一項特色,不時會看到一對對的新人在拍婚紗照,因為園內風景實在太美了,也有婚紗公司在園內開設分店做生意呢!

第二天,Connie應邀主講「園藝治療」講座,參與的人士有學生、園內工作人員、以及管理層人員等,他們對於「園藝治療」很感興趣,還不時發問,增加自己對這方面的了解。

總括來說,這兩天雖然過得很快,但是所見所學的,實在是一個很好的體驗,下次有機會我們一起到訪廣州華南植物園吧!


文字方塊: 園內其中一處 --竹徑 文字方塊: 正在呼吸的根,名字很特別
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