Annual Plant Sale

It’s time again for our annual Spring Plant Sale! We’ll have a large variety of plants available and knowledgable gardeners on hand to answer any questions you may have. All proceeds will be going right back into the running of the garden.

WHEN: Saturday May 28th
TIME: 9am – 2pm
WHERE: at the Guelph Water Works – 29 Waterworks Place, Guelph (off of York Road)

Plant Donations Welcome! If you have any plants you’d like to donate from your garden, please pot them up label with type and colour (popsicle sticks work well) and drop them off at 29 Waterworks Place on Friday, May 27 between 6:30 and ­ 7:30 p.m. ­ If you need your plants picked up, please call Wendy at 519­-831-­5419

We’re Hiring!


The Garden is seeking to hire a Horticultural Therapist to join our team!

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GEG provides a fully accessible working/teaching garden for all Guelph and community citizens. It is designed to be a destination for visitors and clients to enjoy nature and the healing it provides. It is a garden that can be both actively used and passively enjoyed. Workshops are offered throughout the year that relate to various gardening aspects including assisting those with their own garden challenges, as well as for school-aged children, seniors, and those with varying abilities.

GEG is seeking an enthusiastic, creative individual to co-ordinate, plan, schedule and then execute Horticultural Therapy and related workshops promoting the vision and mandate of the Garden by introducing the programs to potential clients to ensure that the Garden is used by people with a disability.



  • 20 hours/week
  • May – September 2016 with potential for reduced hours
    October-November 2016 and January-March 2017
  • $20/hr for approximately 21 weeks
  • based in Guelph in the Garden
  • Posting Closes: April 18th 2016



  • Act as a Horticultural Therapist (HT) and program supervisor
  • Prepare a Horticultural Therapy program plan for the season (June – September)
  • Be present during workshops to act as a support person;
    to guide and assist people.
  • Organize and supervise support sessions for individuals and groups.
  • Act as a resource person for those using the assigned
    garden beds
  • Attract new customers/clients to HT programs.
  • Develop engaging programs and provide outreach
    to the community.
  • Evaluate programs for diverse population participation – ensure that people with a broad range of disabilities are participating in programs.
  • Coordinate supplies required for the workshops and
    teaching sessions.
  • Ensure that participants are working in a safe environment.
  • Report on workshops participation, activities and evaluate the capacity to meet the user’s needs.
  • Collect and submit any donations received at workshops and events to Treasurer.
  • Prepare a program schedule or calendar and assist in promoting Garden events and workshops.
  • Collaborate with the Volunteer coordinator to utilize volunteers in preparation, clean up and during all programming.
  • Assist Board in exploring the idea of external programming in the Garden.



  • Certification of Training in the field of Horticultural Therapy
    (interns welcome to apply)
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Independent worker with capability to be a team player in a client-centered environment.
  • Good problem solving skills and able to work in a
    flexible environment.
  • Commitment to the project and the benefits
    of Horticultural Therapy.
  • Post secondary school or work experience.
  • Strong computer skills, including all MS Office applications
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector, fundraising skills and working in diverse communities are definite assets
  • Professional or personal experience working with people with cognitive and physical disabilities as per the Guelph Enabling Garden mandate.

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter with the subject line of “Horticultural Therapist Application”
to . Due to volume, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



Lesley Fleming: “HT Programs that Excite, Excel and Engage”

On June 18th 2015, the Guelph Enabling Garden was pleased and honoured to host Lesley Fleming, a world-renouned Horticultural Therapist. In a full day session, bringing together professionals from across the therapy spectrum, Lesley shared her invaluable experiences with hort-therapy in a global context. It was wonderful to see that horticultural therapy is a growing field and that it is being implemented all across the world in truly engaging and creative ways. When the focus is so heavily on the local, as it is with the Guelph Enabling Garden, it is a nice reminder that there are other communities across Canada, across the planet, who are also working to better their communities and find new, holistic ways to better the community and the individual.

Below is the summary article of her presentation, also available as downloadable PDF.

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