If you haven't noticed, gardens are popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth. Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but increasingly they're also an extension of therapy for people.
Some doctors, psychologists and occupational therapists are now at work to test whether building, planting, and harvesting a garden can be a therapeutic process in its own right.
Much of the science behind just how gardening affects the mind and brain still remains a mystery. What scientists do know is that gardening calms the nerves, decreasing , a hormone that plays a role in stress.
Some different types of gardens to plant:
-Edible Gardens: can include anything from herb and vegetable gardens to edible flower and orchard gardens.
-Container Gardens: offers the chance to transform even the smallest of spaces, such as balconies, into a beautiful garden throughout the seasons.
-Butterfly Garden: includes a variety of shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.
-Rock Gardens: provides gardeners with the opportunity to combine both shade and sun-loving plants in the same space. Rock garden plants should be chosen according to the climate and growing conditions within a given area, some examples are: perennials, low-lying shrubs, bulbous plants and annuals thrive in a rock garden setting.
So get out with your loved one/ family this summer and get your hands dirty! It will be beneficial to you both!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.