Being in the presence of plants has a profound effect on human well-being. Coupled with active gardening, passive contact with gardens can enhance cognitive, psychological, social, and physical well-being.
Humankind has, from its earliest origins, valued plants for the utilitarian and aesthetic purposes they serve (Lewis, 1996; Reif, 1997). Plants provide food, shelter from the elements, and natural beauty. Working with, or being in the presence of plants may also have many psychological, physical, and social benefits that go beyond meeting basic needs. Research into people-plant interactions shows that gardening, and spending time in gardens, promotes human well-being. The use of gardens by mental health professionals to improve their clients’ well-being – referred to as horticultural therapy – has found that people-plant interactions affect cognitive,...
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Greenleaf, A.T. (2014). Gardens and Well-Being. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3967
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