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Old 04-22-2019, 08:45 PM
 
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Remember Oliver Sacks?

The Healing Power of Gardens
Even for people who are deeply disabled neurologically, nature can be more powerful than any medication

By Oliver Sacks

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/opinion/sunday/oliver-sacks-gardens.html

http://trendingpress.com/oliver-sacks-the-healing-power-of-gardens/
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Thanks for the links. I'm taking a Healing Gardens workshop next week to help develop my plans.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:10 AM
 
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"The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure."

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens | The Trending Press News

Don't doubt this a bit. Stress reduction changes the brain's physiology.

Though, to be fair. While strolling through gardens can be stress reducing, gardening itself can produce stress at times.

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Old 04-26-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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Thanks for the links. I'm taking a Healing Gardens workshop next week to help develop my plans.
Nice. You might want to pass around a copy of the article.
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Old 04-27-2019, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Nice articles.

I was just thinking along these lines today. I broke my ankle and my finger about 7 weeks ago now, and this last week I have had the flu/cold bug, so I was taking it easy today, but looked out on my balcony and was lamenting that I'm behind with starting my tomato plants because of my injuries and then I saw that an aucuba japonica cutting I'd transplanted out there that I wasn't sure if it was going to make it or not - has started growing new leaves and I just felt such simple joy! I took the cutting while on a walk through some medical buildings on a Sunday last fall, and it grew roots, but there was no growth, but I just had it in water until a couple weeks ago when I finally transplanted it outside into some nice soil in a pretty blue ceramic pot - thinking the blue pot and the yellow spotted leaves would be really pretty combo. I also discovered it had some scale on it and I gave it a pretty vigorous scrubbing and when I transplanted it I told it that I was giving it the best organic soil I could get and scrubbed off the bugs and now it was up to him to sink or swim.

So, I limped out to examine him and give him a little pep talk and to congratulate him lol. Just really lifted my spirits immediately. Even though I just garden in containers now, it's just so fun to watch them grow and to care for them.
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