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Horticulture Therapy: gardening is healing

November 16th, 2003 · No Comments

I’ve never heard about horticulture therapy, but it doesn’t surprise me:

But humans are the true beneficiaries of this therapy that uses plants and gardens to reduce stress, soothe Alzheimer’s patients, rehabilitate the injured and redirect the energies of troubled teens.

Gardeners know there is no more absorbing distraction from the cares of the day than stepping out the door to pull weeds, prune or just putter. Working with plants holds and focuses our attention as few other activities can, and studies show that as little as four minutes in a garden will reduce stress, steady the vital signs and improve your mood.

From today’s Seattle Times Pacfic NW Magazine

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