Join Sue Morling for our next FamiliesConnect session: An Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture and its Benefits on May 18, 2021 at 3pm EDT (12 pm in BC and 4:30 pm in Newfoundland!) You’ll learn about the many benefits of gardening! It is for avid gardeners, beginners, and self-proclaimed black thumbs. You will come away from the workshop with a new awareness of the natural world surrounding you each day. Registration is open to all Threads of Life family members. 

You may have heard of Therapeutic Horticulture and thought “How can a plant give me therapy?!” Gardening promotes physical activity, mental acuity and both social interaction and solitude. All age groups can find something interesting to do in the garden. You can have a large vegetable garden or one pot of flowers. Gardening can be a year-long activity or take a break in the winter. You don’t even have to have a garden to garden! The choices are endless. It all depends on why you want to have a garden.

Sue Morling, Horticultural Therapist, will share the many benefits of gardening and being in nature. Pre-registration is required.

Often, when a person has had a traumatic event in their life, they can get caught in repetitive, negative thoughts — also known as ruminating. Rumination is a symptom of anxiety that can lead to depression and lowering of one’s quality of life. Studies have found that gardening and being in nature can interrupt those harmful ruminations, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve attention, lower cortisol – the stress hormone, lower body mass index — so that’s getting fit and busy, working in the garden, and increase your overall satisfaction and quality of life.  

Sarah Wheelan