The tranformative power of gardens.
THE POWER OF GARDENS IS DOCUMENTED IN A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
Ongoing research supports the effects of gardening on whole-body healing.
Reduce physical pain and help with rehabilitation or recovery from surgery, or other medical interventions.
Help people cope with physically challenging circumstances, including learning how to live with chronic conditions.
Reduce the occurrence of episodes of stress, and the severity of stress and associated depression.
Reduce reliance on medication, self-harming behavior and visits to psychiatric services, while also improving alertness, cognitive abilities and social skills.
Provide productive manual activity and beneficial social interaction for people tackling drug and alcohol dependency.
Help people manage the distress associated with mentally challenging circumstances.
Contribute to improved social interactions and community cohesion.
Davies, G., Devereaux, M., Lennartsson, M., Schmultz, U. & Williams, S. (2014). The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing. Garden Organic and Sustain.
THE NEED FOR RESEARCH AMONG WOUNDED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Despite the growth of research in the horticulture fields, research among wounded veterans and their families is limited. It is our aim to advance this area of research so we can develop the most effective horticulture therapies for healing our heroes.