Therapeutic Dish Garden For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Dish Garden In A Mug
By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
The objective of a therapeutic dish garden is sensory stimulation through sight, touch and smell. This activity is achievable for those who maybe home bound because of cancer treatment. Gardening can promote feelings of enhanced self esteem and at the same time fun to do.

Materials Needed:

  • Planter dishes
  • Saucers for above dishes
  • Various small indoor tropical plants
  • Garden tools
  • Soil

Choosing a Dish Garden Planter
Your dish garden should be planted in an open, shallow container. The size is only relevant to the extent of how many (or few) plants it will be able to support. It is helpful if there are drainage holes in the container, but not necessary if there is sufficient depth to facilitate adding a gravel layer for drainage.

Choosing Appropriate Dish Gardening Plants
Unfortunately, because dish gardens typically have limited root space, the plants will tend to outgrow their home rather quickly. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose slow growing plants to prevent having to replace them too often. Choose plants which have the same general lighting and water requirements as your other choices.

How To Plant Your Dish Garden

  1. Drain excess water from the soil through drainage holes in the bottom of the planter.
  2. When you have no drainage holes you will have to cover the bottom of the container with a minimum of a one to two inch layer of pea gravel or coarse charcoal. The gravel should then be covered with a piece of nylon stocking or window screen to keep the soil from sifting down into the gravel, rendering it useless for drainage.
  3. Use a good commercial potting soil, to which you have added coarse sand or perlite to aid in the drainage.
  4. Add a sufficient layer of this soil mix, so that when you set the new plants in place, their soil level will be about 1/2 inch below the rim of the planter.
    Without removing the plants from their pots, try different planting arrangements.
  5. Arrange the plants according to how the dish garden is most likely to be viewed.
  6. As a centerpiece, for example, you would want the tallest plant in the center, so that the display would be viewable from all angles.
  7. If the garden will only be seen from one vantage point, however, you would want the tallest plants in the rear.
  8. Don’t over-plant your garden for the sake of having it look immediately full.
  9. By adding fewer plants, you will have a healthier garden which will fill in quickly, and last much longer.
  10. Make sure that the plants are thoroughly watered before planting.
  11. Plants can be easily removed from their pots, with their entire root structure intact, and ready for planting.
  12. Because a slow growth rate is desired in most dish gardens, it is better to just leave the roots alone.
  13. Beginning with the tallest plants first. Set plants into position.
  14. Fill in around each plant with fresh planting mix,
  15. Pack the soil gently, and water it lightly.
  16. You can top the soil with a mulch of fine bark or small gravel.
  17. Twigs and stones can be used to hide any bare plant stems.
  18. Ornaments can add to the artistry and the character of you dish garden.

With a little care, your dish garden will become an ornament for your home, and a living memory.

Dish Garden Ideas:
Succulent Dish Garden
Easy Care Dish Garden
Fairy Garden In A Pot
Magical Fairy Garden

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have the same t

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  1. Thank you for sharing. I have eight plastic marguerita glasses which, I believe, are identical to the ones pictures. In addition, several weeks ago I purchased the same plants pictured in the glasses. A move to new containers in store for these plants next week.

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  2. This is a brilliant, visually appealing and holistically sound way to get “living plants” around us! I am going to do this activity in my “Yoga for Healing” class. I bring in ideas and incorporate them into their healing components. This one hits all the points!

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  3. These are so beautiful!
    Thank you!


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