The weather in Los Angeles has been wonderful. I spent the entire weekend gardening outdoors. I'm finally perking up a bit. I guess it's a combination of gardening, sunshine, and physical activity. I've discussed gardening so many times but the point is that Horticultural Therapy works. Why?
According to an article by the Eva C. Worden, Theodora M. Frohne, and Jessica Sullivan from the University of Florida Extension, horticultural therapy has the following benefits:
reducing physical pain, providing sensory stimulation,improving memory and concentration, easing emotional pain from bereavement or abuse, cultivating nurturing feelings, encouraging social interaction, teaching responsibility, reducing stress and anger, and enhancing productivity and problem solving.
If you're interested in pursuing this, I'm providing a few helpful links: American Horticultural Therapy Association, Texas Master Gardner, and an article on Horticultural Therapy with lots of links.