Garden for the health of it

Green thumbs have known it all along. Simply looking at trees and vegetation reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and relieves muscle tension.

According to the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association, gardening also eases depression, encourages social interaction, improves self-esteem and motor skills—plus it’s good exercise.

Horticultural therapists are trained professionals who work with patients in all phases of gardening to improve their quality of life. These therapists often work with doctors, physical and occupational therapists and psychiatrists to develop complementary therapy programs for patients.

^Helps stroke victims
Activities include anything from growing herbs, vegetables and flowers, greenhouse maintenance or flower arranging. 

“Even pressing flowers is an excellent exercise for sensory stimulation for patients who may have suffered a stroke,” says Kate Kincaid, leader of the Institute for Healthy Aging and Nursing at Sir Sanford Fleming College.

“If their speech and mobility is affected they can enjoy using their senses.”

So, go ahead and dig in. It’s good for you.

For more information on horticultural therapy: or, or call 519-822-9842 or 705-749-5529.