It doesn’t take a database of information for gardeners to know that growing plants makes us feel better, but it’s nice to know the science confirms measurable benefits. Here’s a list summarizing some highlights of what we plant growers already know:
1. Gardening helps us practice acceptance of things we cannot control.
Things like weather can throw us curve balls, and gardens rarely turn out exactly as we have envisioned, yet there is still joy in watching how our gardens grow once we’ve done our best to give them a good start.
2. Gardeners are always looking for learning opportunities.
Growing a garden is also growing your mind! Gardens force us to problem-solve every day, and these challenges force us to try new things and think outside of the box.
3. Plant people have built-in community connections.
Plant people always have something to talk about, and the interests of gardeners cut across cultures and geography into a universal language. No matter how green your thumb, it’s easy to find like-minded souls ready to share their experiences, whether it’s at the local nursery or online in a garden group on social media. Since the pandemic restricted gatherings, many botanical gardens, arboretums, nurseries and garden publications have moved seminars to virtual platforms making forums more accessible than ever before.
4. Studies show that just looking at green surroundings measurably reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Scientific evidence shows that simply touching soil increases serotonin.
Feeling blue? Take a walk through your backyard garden, or stroll through our greenhouse tropicals for a quick fix even in winter.
5. Physical exercise is unavoidable!
Who needs a gym membership when there are weeds to pull? And the reward of creating something of beauty and growing fresh healthy food is motivating — often verging on addictive, but in a healthy way!
So don’t stop gardening, plant friends — we’ll keep growing together. #DGKS❤
For more about the many ways gardening makes us feel better, check these links—
Digging In The Dirt Really Does Make People Happier
10 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening
The Power of Nature to Heal Depression
Is Dirt the New Prozac?
Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression