HEALTH BENEFITS OF GARDENING

I’ve always sensed that gardens have a magical quality. Perhaps this is why I’ve spent a lifetime visiting, studying, and designing them. Many are beautifully arresting while others, such as those focused on food, are highly productive. I’ve found some of the smallest or those assembled by ‘amateurs’ or enthusiasts to be some of this most compelling. Gardens, because of their archetypal nature, resonate with all of us on a deeper level. Often I hear friends and gardeners speak to their time spent in the garden as their ‘therapy’. I experience the same when I can work among my plants, whether it’s seeding a new generation, pruning, or clearing beds after the first heavy frost. The essence of a garden is restorative and calming whether you are a passive or active participant. The word ‘wellness’ is a popular one these days, but I think it helps define what gardens can offer to those who spend time in them. Our attraction to gardens is timeless and universal. I’d also say that we are drawn to them no matter our age, physical condition, or stage of life. The garden always has something to offer us no matter where we are on our journey.For older gardeners the benefits of spending time in the garden are tremendous. Public or community gardens provide opportunities for socializing and meeting others with similar interests. For active gardeners, exercise and stretching help to maintain flexibility, bone strength, and muscle tone. I’ve always sensed that gardens have a magical quality. Perhaps this is why I’ve spent a lifetime visiting, studying, and designing them. Many are beautifully arresting while others, such as those focused on food, are highly productive. I’ve found some of the smallest or those assembled by ‘amateurs’ or enthusiasts to be some of this most compelling. Gardens, because of their archetypal nature, resonate with all of us on a deeper level. Often I hear friends and gardeners speak to their time spent in the garden as their ‘therapy’. I experience the same when I can work among my plants, whether it’s seeding a new generation, pruning, or clearing beds after the first heavy frost. The essence of a garden is restorative and calming whether you are a passive or active participant. The word ‘wellness’ is a popular one these days, but I think it helps define what gardens can offer to those who spend time in them. Our attraction to gardens is timeless and universal. I’d also say that we are drawn to them no matter our age, physical condition, or stage of life. The garden always has something to offer us no matter where we are on our journey.For older gardeners the benefits of spending time in the garden are tremendous. Public or community gardens provide opportunities for socializing and meeting others with similar interests. For active gardeners, exercise and stretching help to maintain flexibility, bone strength, and muscle tone. I’ve always sensed that gardens have a magical quality. Perhaps this is why I’ve spent a lifetime visiting, studying, and designing them. Many are beautifully arresting while others, such as those focused on food, are highly productive. I’ve found some of the smallest or those assembled by ‘amateurs’ or enthusiasts to be some of this most compelling. Gardens, because of their archetypal nature, resonate with all of us on a deeper level. Often I hear friends and gardeners speak to their time spent in the garden as their ‘therapy’. I experience the same when I can work among my plants, whether it’s seeding a new generation, pruning, or clearing beds after the first heavy frost. The essence of a garden is restorative and calming whether you are a passive or active participant. The word ‘wellness’ is a popular one these days, but I think it helps define what gardens can offer to those who spend time in them. Our attraction to gardens is timeless and universal. I’d also say that we are drawn to them no matter our age, physical condition, or stage of life. The garden always has something to offer us no matter where we are on our journey.For older gardeners the benefits of spending time in the garden are tremendous. Public or community gardens provide opportunities for socializing and meeting others with similar interests. For active gardeners, exercise and stretching help to maintain flexibility, bone strength, and muscle tone.