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Is gardening a stimulating activity for people with advanced Huntington’s disease?


Spring, J. A., Viera, M., Bowen, C., Marsh, N.


Dementia (London), Volume: 13, No.: 6, Pages.: 819-33

Year of Publication



This study evaluated adapted gardening as an activity for people with advanced Huntington’s disease (HD) and explored its therapeutic aspects. Visitors and staff completed a questionnaire and participated in structured interviews to capture further information, whereas a pictorial questionnaire was designed for residents with communication difficulties. Staff reported that gardening was a constructive, outdoor activity that promoted social interaction, physical activity including functional movement and posed cognitive challenges. Half the staff thought the activity was problem free and a third used the garden for therapy. Visitors used the garden to meet with residents socially. Despite their disabilities, HD clients enjoyed growing flourishing flowers and vegetables, labelling plants, being outside in the sun and the quiet of the garden. The garden is valued by all three groups. The study demonstrates the adapted method of gardening is a stimulating and enjoyable activity for people with advanced HD.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Spring_2013, doi = {10.1177/1471301213486661}, url = {}, year = 2013, month = {may}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {13}, number = {6}, pages = {819--833}, author = {J. A. Spring and M. Viera and C. Bowen and N. Marsh}, title = {Is gardening a stimulating activity for people with advanced Huntington{textquotesingle}s disease?}, journal = {Dementia} }


gardening, gardens, humans, huntington disease, interpersonal relations, methods, therapy

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia


Types of Study

Cohort Study

Type of Outcomes

Satisfaction with care/services


Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions