Therapy in the Garden at Canada Blooms
By Canada Blooms
By Canada Blooms
March 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.
March 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 your 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 your mood and turn negative feelings into positives.
FLORAL THERAPY SESSIONS
“We’re seeing horticultural therapy being used more and more for seniors and people who are living with mental illnesses,” says 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.
Working with plants – whether planting in the garden or planter, trimming and maintaining the plants, taking cuttings or growing a hanging basket – has been found to stimulate people of all ages and needs.
INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY IN WORKPLACE
In the workplace, it has been found that the presence of plants increases productivity and contributes 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.
Floral therapy demonstrations will be taking place regularly at the Floral Dimensions (Booth A4) at Canada Blooms.
Canada Blooms is open through to March 23, weekdays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
Tickets for Canada Blooms, part of the largest home and garden event in North America, are available at www.canadablooms.com.