Creating an accessible veggie patch for gardening in a wheelchair – ABC Everyday (Koren Helbig | October 2021)

Down syndrome adult man watering plants in greenhouse, gardening concept.

Like so many Aussies, Rhiannon Tracey felt compelled to take up gardening as the pandemic gained speed last year. She went searching for the best wheelchair-accessible garden bed.

The Geelong 32-year-old became a quadriplegic in 2009 after a pool accident while on holidays in Bali.

Our thanks to the DLI for distributing this to members.  An amazing member of the platform’s Advisory Board, Joe-Anne Kek-Pamenter, did some graphic work for a THC piece about the importance of green spaces for mental health.  We have included links to two related items.

Since then, she’s become a model, motivational speaker, founder of a spinal cord injury recovery centre and is now a gardener too.

We spoke with Rhiannon about her newfound passion, the physical and mental health benefits she’s found, plus the one thing that’s made her garden (mostly) puppy-proof.

What types of garden beds have you found best for wheelchair accessibility?

I don’t think I’d ever be able to grow in your standard garden bed because trying to bend over from a wheelchair is very painful and annoying.

Our thanks to the DLI for distributing this to members.  An amazing member of the platform's Advisory Board, Joe-Anne Kek-Pamenter, did some graphic work for a THC piece about the importance of green spaces for mental health.  We have included links to two related items.

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