Horticultural Therapist, Laura Deprado and her article “Horticultural Therapy: As seasons change, it’s important to continue to connect with nature” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/.
The end of summer is here. Blooming flowers are tired and looking like they have thrown in the trowel. Summer plants of annuals and perennials, withered, worn and fatigued, make way for the new harvest: A cornucopia of mums, pansies, and fall annuals and perennials taking to the field.
We, the consumers, respond to the seasonal rhythms and cycles of plants, and plants in turn respond to our care. The cooler evenings are a reminder the harvest is here. We gather. We harvest. Our forefathers’ winter survival depended on the harvest for their survival.
With shorter days and changing temperatures upon us, we will spend less time connecting to nature and outdoor gardening activities. Rachel and Steven Kaplan, research psychologists and professors at the University of Michigan, are known for their research on the effect of nature on people’s relationships and health.