Joanne’s love of gardening grew through working in the garden alongside her grandmother. Over time, gardens have become a place of peace and positivity for Jo, providing refuge in times of stress, or when she simply needs to regain a little perspective in life.
Jo’s connection with gardening, and her understanding of the therapeutic benefits of nature, became heightened when her four children were each diagnosed with a variety of special needs. Jo has worked hard to help her children overcome the challenges their conditions present and reach their full potential. She has seen her children, and many others, flourish as a result of the mental and physical benefits provided by gardens designed to meet their specific needs.
As the Chief Executive Officer of LNA Master Landscapers Association, Jo identified the need for a central information hub for individuals and organisations wanting to experience the benefits of therapeutic gardens. Her vision is to create a resource that brings together teams of people in collaboration to help design, develop, build and implement much needed natural spaces within our community.