Gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in Britain, second only to fishing, and its popularity is on the increase. The panel of ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’, one of the longest-running programmes on BBC Radio, recently dealt with the query: ‘What section of the population is not interested in gardening, and does not garden?’. The answer was, not surprisingly, ‘teenagers’. However, even for teenagers, this lack of interest in gardening was confined to their adolescence. By definition, then, all other sectors of the public either garden or gain pleasure from gardens. People with disabilities form a part of this great gardening community. People with profound and multiple disabilities may be limited in how they can actively garden, but they do derive a considerable amount of enjoyment from gardens.


Visual Impairment Wheelchair User Multiple Disability Royal Horticultural Society Hanging Basket 
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  • Loretto Lambe

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