Every winter, small pink flowers would blossom along its long green arms; I can remember how happy this made my mother.
|(Far left) freshly planted thyme seeds, (middle) Christmas cactus, (far right) spider plant- complete with water worms! Accompanied by veggies from our garden!|
Whether in a prison, community or hospital, gardens have a great deal to contribute to our well-being and sustainability.These are restorative areas for humans and wildlife. As a student I realize how busy my life has become- I am constantly working towards a distant goal: midterm, next paper deadline, presentation...graduation! If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed try to incorporate more green into your daily life- not just one day! Get a house plant, visit a garden once a week- volunteer somewhere local- Ecohouse, Community Food Initiatives, West State Street Gardens- find a walking path with more trees and flowers, meet up with friends at a park bench instead of a Starbucks!
I urge you all to explore your surroundings: green spaces on campus, bike trails, gardens and one of the many beautiful forested areas nearby. If we do not protect and preserve these areas now we will lose them to development, invasive species, or far worse- fracking!
See these links for more information:
Therapeutic Landscape Network