Therapy in the garden at Canada Blooms
March 19, 2014 By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Mar. 19, 2014, Toronto — It goes without saying that planting a garden is good for the environment, replacing carbon dioxide with fresh oxygen, preserving landscapes, retaining water and providing habitat for a variety of species. But it is also good for mind, body and soul.
The bright colours of flowers are pleasing to the eye and the aromas are pleasant, but they can also help improve mood and turn negative feelings into positives.
“We’re seeing horticultural therapy being used more and more for seniors and people who are living with mental illnesses,” said Louis Damm from Floral Dimensions, a Canada Blooms exhibitor who is doing sessions on floral therapy. “Planting a garden or having flowers and live plants around you helps preserve the natural instinct we have to care for things, and we are learning more about the natural pigments in flowers that stimulate our minds.”
Working with plants in raised or elevated gardens helps caregivers observe the physical abilities of the people they are looking after. Whether planting in the garden or planter, trimming and maintaining the plants, taking cuttings or growing a hanging basket, working with plants has been found to stimulate people of all ages and needs.
In the workplace, the presence of plants increases has been shown to increase productivity and contribute to a more collegial atmosphere. Besides purifying the air and being pleasing to the eye, plants help keep a building cool in the summer and humid in the winter.
“The vibrant colours and stunning displays you will see at Canada Blooms are truly remarkable,” said Bruce Sudds, director of sponsorships and marketing at Canada Blooms. “We value the impact flowers and gardening can have on your state of mind.”
Floral therapy demonstrations will be taking place at the Floral Dimensions booth (booth A4) at Canada Blooms.
Canada Blooms is open until March 23. Tickets are available at www.canadablooms.com.
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