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The Very Real Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening

Here we are in the middle of a pandemic talking about gardening therapy.  It’s funny to think that sentence isn’t the start to some bizarre SNL skit but is, in fact, our current reality.  As a family business that has been part of the Salt Lake valley for over 130 years, one of the things we are constantly evaluating is what we can do to help our community.  We are all working very hard to be safe and stay healthy during this unprecedented time in our collective history. As gardeners, the thing we keep coming back to is the very real therapeutic benefit of gardening.

The phrase “Garden Therapy” is one that’s been used for decades for a variety of reasons. Often it was a bit tongue-in-cheek when we bought a few more perennials than we told our spouse we would.  However, this year has brought the THERAPY of gardening to the forefront.  There are untold benefits from gardening. From digging in the dirt, caring for plants, watching them grow, harvesting our own food or maybe even creating beautiful bouquets to enjoy around the house.

Entire programs have been built around the physical and psychological benefits of working in a garden.  There are some truly interesting studies being done in the field of horticultural therapy. This article from Psychology today hits the nail on the head.

Though we are not trained therapists, we are trained gardening experts. Within the overall theme of “gardening therapy” are dozens upon dozens of reasons that we’ve found create a sense of peace and wellbeing.  We did a poll recently in our Glover Gardening Group on Facebook to see what people found to be the most beneficial aspects of gardening. Here are the top 4 answers from you our gardening community.

  1. Gardening is Your personal Oasis

Be it English style or traditional Japanese Zen, your garden reflects your own tastes and preferences. This makes it much more enjoyable to spend time in your yard.  If you’re new to gardening, we highly recommend working with a landscape designer to give some expert guidance and avoid costly mistakes.

2. Gardening Is Beautiful

From early spring blooms like Crocus or Pansies to late fall blooms like Coneflower or Mums, there is something that will bring color and texture to your garden all season long.  Flowers bring a sense of joy with their blossoming. There are other benefits to be had as well – tinctures, cooking, aromatic satchels, or just a bright bouquet on the dining table.

3. Gardening Allows You to Grow Your Own Food

During a regular year it is nice to pick your own tomato or gift a neighbor with some of the extra zucchini you’ve grown by hand.  But during a year like this, there is something deeply comforting in growing your own veggies, herbs and fruits.  It’s a fun experience, but also a deeply satisfying one. When your first harvest is ready and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended) you will not regret the time spent in your garden.  Check this link to see what veggies and herbs are available and ready to plant now at Glover Nursery.

4. Gardening is a Good Workout

Gyms are closed, parks restricted, it can be tricky to find a way to be active while we wait for things to normalize. Being in the garden, digging, pulling weeds, and planting all are great forms of exercise. You’ll be working different muscle groups and burning some calories.  No, it’s not the same as a Crossfit session, but it’s better than nothing!

If gardening is something that appeals to you we are here to help,. No matter your experience level, whether you are a novice who has no idea where to get started or an expert that would love something new to bring to your experience, there’s the perfect gardening task for you.

Keep updated with our onsite and online business practices here.  We want to make sure you know what we are doing to keep our team and you and your family safe during this crisis.

We look forward to seeing or speaking with you soon. Happy Therapy!

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