The happiness and health benefits of gardening


Gardening is a much loved past-time of many. Whether you are a home gardener, a community gardener or a visitor, a garden can be a source of exercise, relaxation and enjoyment.

It’s no secret that most people enjoy being outdoors and digging in the soil, planting and watching plants grow. Recent studies have also shown that people with disabilities, people who are unwell, older people and children can find it especially rewarding to spend time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food.

Working in the garden provides benefits that include:

With a little planning, garden beds, equipment and tools can be modified to make gardening accessible for children, older people and people with disabilities.

If you’re new to gardening then there are lots of great ways to start getting involved in gardening:

At Yates we believe that your grow so much more than a garden and we hope you can find all the information you need on our site to help with your next project – no matter how big or small.

We welcome you to join the Yates Garden Club and receive monthly emails with tips and advice on what to grow and what to look out for, we really would like to make gardening easy for everyone.

We also have LIVE CHAT service to talk to a qualified horticulturist whilst you’re out in your garden and get answers right away. See the bottom right of this screen.


This area is for general comments from members of the public. Some questions or comments may not receive a reply from Yates. For specific gardening advice visit Ask an expert Alternatively you may wish to contact us.

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