About Us

Mission & Objectives

Since 1988 Easy Care Gardening has been helping our local seniors to live fulfilled lives at home for longer.

To fulfil this mission, we

Support our ageing clients by providing a volunteer gardening service, assisting in the conversion of gardens to “easy care” as safer and sustainable for the client. This results in enabling them to live fulfilled lives at home for longer.

Facilitate connection and inclusion between our clients, volunteers, and partners as we work together to care for our older community

Promote shared learning as we assist you to learn new skills or re-learn skills needed for keeping a safe and sustainable garden. This can also be an opportunity for our volunteers to learn from this shared experience.

Acknowledge the importance of consumer/client directed care.

Our history

The story of Easy Care Gardening began over 35 years ago.

On the 8th of August 1988 Anne Shires, Kathleen Ciemiega and Henry Llewellyn, the three founders of Easy Care Gardening (ECG), started the organisation with a grant for just $1,500 from Ku-ring-gai Council.

They were all Horticultural Therapy Association volunteers and had seen that there was a need for a gardening service for the ageing seniors in the community that would help enable them to remain in their own home for longer.

By February the next year ECG had 31 clients and just four volunteers. Clients were assessed and visited on a monthly, bi‑monthly and “ring when needed” basis and were asked to donate a small fee to assist with ongoing costs.

In 1990 a grant from Home and Community Care assisted ECG to take over clients from the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Home Handyman service so that the service now covered Hornsby and Ku‑ring‑gai. By February 1991 ECG was granted incorporation with the status of a Charity. Further grants enabled one full-time and one part-time member of staff to be employed. By 1998 there were 306 clients, 100 lawn-mowing clients and 150 volunteers.

In 2003 another grant was provided by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) for ECG to expand into Ryde and Hunters Hill council areas, taking gardening clients to 500 and 100 lawn-mowing clients.

Today we have helped over 5,300 clients and serviced over 65,000 gardens. With our increasingly ageing population, the need for more volunteers is crucial as we continue our work in the community.


To enable us to operate we depend on donations from groups and individuals and government funding.

Easy Care Gardening is a not-for-profit charitable organisation financed by the Federal Government Department of Health and Aged Care through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Donations from Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde Councils, as well as donations from community, companies, businesses, and individuals, contribute to how we are supported.

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