Camilla F
Flowers play a big part in Camilla’s life.

Camilla's plot in the grounds of Thrive Reading this year was filled with sunflowers and zinnia, creating an exuberant and vibrant display in the August sunshine. As well as the satisfaction of growing her plants from seed, Camilla loves creating cut flower displays from her produce and giving them to family and friends. Improving her horticultural skills, working in a green space and gaining new experiences were Camilla’s main aims when she came to Thrive in September 2018.

Gardening for me is a wonderful thing, a wonderful experience,’ says Camilla, who enjoyed horticulture at school. `It’s great to be outside, it’s very therapeutic.

Camilla, client gardener

The enormous variety of tasks the garden can offer as the seasons change is one of the big attractions of gardening for Camilla, who also takes part in Thrive’s therapeutic horticulture project at The Vyne, a nearby National Trust property.

As well as appreciating how gardening can help keep her fit, she enjoys the social side of being at Thrive and encouraging other client gardeners in her group.

Working closely with our Horticultural Therapists, Camilla’s knowledge of plants has grown and so has her confidence which has stood her in good stead for life outside Thrive, such as working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and now Reading University. `It’s helped me be more adventurous,’ said Camilla.

I’m more able to talk to people and make new friendships.

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Chris L with vol looking at flower Charlie Garner 2019