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Gardening for blind and partially sighted people

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This section of the website is for blind and partially sighted gardeners and has Thrive’s top tips and comprehensive advice to ensure that you can enjoy working in your garden.

There is practical information to make most garden jobs easier, advice on how to take care, other useful hints and tips, and notes about which equipment and tools will be particularly helpful.

These are the gardening jobs that we cover - getting ready, digging, weeding, mowing and lawn maintenance, pruning, trimming hedges, sweeping and raking, watering, sowing seeds, planting out, growing in containers and tips on garden design.

Look in the boxes below to find out more. 


Thrive has worked with visually impaired gardeners for more than 30 years and during this time we have collected a wealth of gardening hints, tips and stories from blind and partially sighted people. 

Sharing this knowledge with others is an important part of our work, so to help you start or continue gardening at home on your own, or with family and friends, or in gardening groups and clubs, we publish a range of leaflets, fact sheets and books. Some of these publications are free and some can be purchased from the Thrive website.

Find out more about Thrive publications for visually impaired gardeners


Getting ready to garden  

Getting ready to garden when you have sight loss

Taking a bit of time to get ready can really make a difference. Some of the stresses and strains of gardening happen when we begin a job on impulse without any planning.

Find out more about getting ready to garden when you have sight loss

Digging with sight loss  

Digging when you have sight loss

Digging can be hard work but there are ways to make the job easier for blind and partially sighted gardeners. Thrive's top tips include choosing the right tools and using a frame as a guide.

Find out more about digging when you have sight loss

Weeding with sight loss  

Weeding when you have sight loss

Keeping your garden free of annual and perennial weeds will help keep your garden tidy and your plants healthy, but it needn't be too much of a chore with Thrive's helpful hints and tips. 

Find out more about weeding when you have sight loss

Lawn maintenance with sight loss  

Mowing and lawn maintenance when you have sight loss

Your lawn will benefit from regular cutting and some annual or ongoing maintenance and Thrive has some ideas to make life a little easier.

Find out more about mowing and lawn maintenance when you have sight loss

Pruning with sight loss

Pruning when you have sight loss

When you sit to garden, keeping up with the pruning should be fine as long as you can safely place a seat or your wheelchair near the shrub you want to work on.

Find out more about pruning when you have sight loss

Trimming hedges when you have sight loss

Managing a hedge can be made easier by using the right tools and taking care. Trimming will encourage strong, dense growth and keep your hedges at a manageable height and width. 

Find out more about trimming hedges when you have sight loss

Raking with sight loss

Sweeping and raking when you have sight loss

Thrive's tips will help keep your paths and paved areas clear and safe, help you rake the lawn, and break up the soil in your garden beds.

Find out more about sweeping and raking when you have sight loss

Watering with sight loss

Watering when you have sight loss

This job can take time every day, particularly if you grow vegetables or have plants in containers. Whatever you like to grow, it makes sense to find ways to make watering easier.

Find out more about watering when you have sight loss

Sowing with seed tapes

Sowing seeds when you have sight loss

Growing your own plants from seed can save money and is a very satisfying gardening activity. Thrive has a number of useful tips for blind and partially sighted gardeners.

Find out more about sowing seeds when you have sight loss

Planting out in soil

Planting out when you have sight loss

Most plants grown in pots can be planted year-round and there are ways to make the job easier for blind and partially sighted gardeners. 

Find out more about planting out when you have sight loss

Growing in containers

Growing in containers when you have sight loss

One of the easiest ways to enjoy gardening is to grow plants in containers. Vegetables, herbs - even small fruit trees - can all be grown in containers.

Find out more about growing in containers when you have sight loss

Garden design  

Tips on garden design for people with sight loss

Garden layout can make a real difference to how you enjoy gardening and Thrive's design ideas should make any garden easier to use.

Find out more about tips on garden design for people with sight loss

Moving things in the garden  

Moving things in the garden

Carrying your tools and equipment can be a challenge, but there are some ways of making life easier including tool belts, garden carts and pot carriers.

Find out more about moving things in the garden