Here's what people are saying about "Your Body in the Garden".
The Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead & Swampscott, Marblehead, MA
Our garden club enjoyed Susan Guest's presentation on Your Body in the Garden - Health Tips and Strategies for Long Lasting Gardeners. Susan gives an excellent coaching session on how to prepare our bodies for garden work, how to pace our garden maintenance, and how to select the best tools and aids to get the work done without injury. She emphasizes the importance of relaxation and absorbing the gardening experience.
Susan uses a slideshow and a display of actual conventional and adaptive tools to demonstrate the ease of working in the garden. She teaches several exercises and stances with audience participation. She is open to questions and easily communicated with individual club members after the presentation. Susan comes to the meeting well prepared and she works extremely well with program committees for a pleasant educational experience.
Newburyport Horticultural Society
Thank you for speaking to the Newburyport Horticultural Society. I regret that I was late to your presentation but I got great relief from the part I did attend! Thanks for giving permission to get rid of what isn't working- yes! If it doesn't spark joy, good bye! I've always just suffered along with the tools I have, many inherited from one or two generations gone. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Newburyport Garden Club
We were so happy to have had the chance to hear this presentation! So many of our club members commented on how much they enjoyed this program. One woman felt it was the best one she has heard since she became a member about four years ago! High praise!
I am expecting delivery today, of a couple of the ergonomic hand tools! THAT’S how much your talk influenced me with my rheumatoid arthritis issues, and I’ve gotten TWO sets because one of my daughters is a gardener too and is beginning to have some joint problems.
Hanover Garden Club
It was so nice to hear your presentation. Everyone enjoyed it very much.
I was most excited about the tools you showed, and having taken pictures of them, will be ordering many of them a.s.a.p. I couldn't stop talking to my husband about all of them, and am most excited to throw out the old and work with the new tools. I came home from the meeting and went out in my garden, remembering all you taught us about how to be kind to our bodies while gardening, and I'm happy to report I am thrilled with all the ideas you shared with us. A whole new way to garden with a smile on my face, and little to no pain throughout my body at the end of the day.
Littleton Garden Club
I'm not new to the practice of body mechanics but what I most definitely learned from you is the importance of stretching and adjusting routines to avoid muscle strain. I remembered you saying as well that it's very easy to loose track of time while gardening. This past few weeks, I found myself hitting my yard and doing gardening to the max. There were a few consecutive days that I put in a good 8 hours of work per day.
That seemed brutal but it's my garden and it's addictive but at the same time very therapeutic transition for me. I survived it all because of all the tips I've received from you. I did spend an hour or two stretching my arms, legs and fingers, including fingertips before bed or at times in bed when awoken by sore muscles. What a timely coincidence that I learned these tricks from your presentation and following weeks later, here I come became a true gardener.
Fifteen Gardeners of Natick
On behalf of our members, thank you for a wonderful presentation. Your reasons why it is so essential to prepare our bodies before working in the garden and safeguarding ourselves during our activities in the garden really resonated with everyone. Your tips are refreshingly easy to do and to remember. Your presentation was very lively and held our attention throughout.
Garden Club Presentations:
West Roxbury Evening Garden Club
The Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott
The Lincoln Garden Club
Wollaston Garden Club
Wrentham Garden Club
Newburyport Horticultural Society
Hudson Garden Club, Sept. 18
Newbury Garden Club, October 16
Plymouth Garden Club, November 14
Houghs Neck Garden Club, March 6
Aptucxet Garden Club of Bourne, March 11
Weston Garden Club, March 13
Attleboro Garden Club, March 13
Littleton Garden Club- April 23
Hanover Garden Club, May 16
Norfolk Garden Club, Oct. 9
Southborough Garden Club Oct. 10
Salem Garden Club, Oct. 10
Nonanett Garden, Jan. 14
Natick Garden Club, Jan. 16
Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club, Feb. 12
Danvers Garden Club, Feb. 24
Marblehead Garden Club, March 3
15 Gardeners of Natick, March 4
Seaside Garden Club of Manchester, March 10
Hingham Garden Club, March 18
West Newbury Garden Club, April 2
Wolfboro, NH Garden Club, April 14
Needham Garden Club, April 28
Acton Garden Club, May 5
Wareham Garden Club, May 14