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I recently took Intro to Horticultural Therapy at NYBG and Anne Meore, my teacher, joins me today to discuss the biggest lessons learned in class, review some studies we learned about on the science behind the plant/people connection and to discuss the concept and use of restorative spaces. As I “bloom and grow” as a plant parent and a business I am becoming more curious about the science behind the plant/person connection. The more I learn and read about plants as restorative instruments for human body and spirit, I’m realizing plants not only make people happy, but can help us heal faster and restore our brains to their natural state. We have never needed these tools MORE, especially after this year which has kept us all inside and glued to screens. Everyone can create a restorative environment in their own home, so Anne walks us through the components of a restorative space and then we brainstorm some awesome ways to create a restorative space even in our limited indoor environments.
I wanted to thank NYBG for letting me take Intro to Hort Therapy with Anne, our guest today. If you are NY based, NYBG is open and magical during the winter. Discover the peaceful winter beauty across NYBG’s 250 acre landscape, from the winding trails of their old-growth forest to their arboretum collections of historic trees and ornamental conifers and get cozy in their conservatory with every tropical plant you could imagine. It’s a really spirit lifter and restorative space for me, especially in the winter. Plus, the Holiday Train Show returns this year for Members only and is on view through January 31.
The Restorative Benefits of Nature: Toward an Integrative Framework, Kaplan
Restorative Effects of Natural Environment Experiences: Hartig, Man, Evans
A Walk in the Woods, Anna Lena Phillips
View from a Window, Ulrich
Healthy nature healthy people: ‘contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations, Maller, Townsend, Pryor, Brown, Leger
Views to Nature: Effects on Attention, Tennessen and Cimprich
14 Patterns of Biophilic Design
Anne’s company: Planthropy
NYBG Horticultural Therapy Program
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