Horticultural therapy and the psychological benefits of gardening

Horticultural therapy and the psychological benefits of gardening
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By Elsie Eubank

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Haldimand Horticultural Society members know from experience that gardening is good for the soul.

Why I love gardening? It keeps me grounded. Something about digging in the dirt – it’s a connection to nature that is very rewarding. It’s also calming to see beautiful plants growing and the wildlife that comes to visit them like butterflies, bees, birds, etc. It’s amazing the variety of wildlife that will come to your garden. The rewards of growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables keeps you happy and healthy.

Gardening can be an escape from other people and a welcome distraction from the hectic world around you. Simply having plants in your home or at the office can reduce stress and make you feel more energized. They are beautiful and calming to look at. Gardening and caring for plants has been proven to be beneficial in relieving anxiety and depression.

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