Research reveals gardening has a positive effect on our mental health. Gardening, planting and planting activities keeps us connected to other living things, allows us to be nurturers, and a sense of responsibility.
Being with plants and flowers allows us to relax, reduces stress, increases physical activity, and allows us to be in the moment, focusing on the present, and connects us to the seasonal cycles and rhythms of nature.
Plants in turn respond to our care. Horticultural therapy and its application in mental health settings is not new and the evidence base to impact continues to gain notoriety.