August 2012 Newsletter (vol.10) >> The Power of Plants
Everyone knows that plants are pretty, but did you realize that they have a more functional purpose? Plants have been proven to reduce crime, increase property value and increase traffic safety. Plants can also improve health along with many other benefits. Gardening or even just observing a lush landscape holds a powerful ability to promote improvements in mental and even physical health.
An increasing number of hospitals, correctional facilities, and nursing homes are installing therapeutic gardens for the sole purpose of the mental health benefits. Whether they are for observation only or for the occupants to physically maintain the garden themselves, the benefits are obvious. These gardens not only benefit the occupants at the facility, but also the employees. It provides an escape from the day to day grind, even if it’s just for a brief moment during passing.
Therapeutic gardens can:
- Lower stress levels
- Reduce blood pressure and pulse rate
- Increase memory retention up to 20%
- Improve coordination, balance, and strength if physically working in the garden
- Alleviate some symptoms of depression
- Accelerate healing processes
- Induce feelings of compassion/nurturing
- Boost energy levels and feelings of vitality
- Help with concentration
Let us know what you think of therapeutic gardens on our facebook page? Have you had a good/bad experience with them? Do you think they are effective? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Want to know more? Take a look at these links for more information on the benefits of plants and therapeutic gardens.
- Texas A & M University: http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/emphasis-areas/marketing-economics/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/
- America in Bloom: http://www.americainbloom.org/resources/Plants-Are-More-than-Just-Pretty.aspx
- American Horticulture Therapy Association: http://www.ahta.org/