Therapist Alex Mc Donald 1
Alex McDonald has recently joined the horticultural therapy team at Thrive. We caught up with her for a quickfire Q&A:

How did you become a horticultural therapist?

I volunteered for Thrive on an allotment in Southampton and was very impressed with their work.

What are you working on at Thrive London?

I work with the Life Changers Group, for people whose lives have been changed by an illness or accident; a cluster of hostels for people recovering from mental illness; and two Pathways groups for people hoping to gain a certificate in City and Guilds Level 1 Practical Horticulture

What's the best bit of your job?

Seeing people become inspired by gardening.

Old English Garden

What’s your favourite Thrive garden in Battersea Park?

I like the Old English Garden for its vibrant colours and tranquillity.

In your experience, what difference can social and therapeutic horticulture make?

It gives back confidence and hope.

Tell us about a plant that enhances your life and why.

I have two orchids that were presents and when they flower they remind me of those people.