Horticulture Therapy: What Is It And What Are Its Benefits?By Jimmy R. (JimmyR)
July 29, 2013
Whether you're new to gardening or not, if you have been doing your fair share of research to learn more about it, then you must have already heard about horticulture therapy.
But before I even share, I want you to know that I am interested in hearing from you and what you have to say about the topic. Regardless if you have questions, suggestions, or simply ideas that you want to share, please do so in the comments section below. I want to share with you what horticulture therapy is and how exactly you can benefit from it. That way, you’ll have an even better perspective about the value of plants and give you an even better reason for gardening.
Now that we have that squared away, let’s talk about what horticulture therapy is
What is horticulture?
You’ll find that horticulture’s definition is worded differently on different sources but the gist of it is that it’s the science/art of plant production, whether it is for utility or beauty.
In other sources, horticulture and gardening are even synonymous terms that are used interchangeably.
What is horticulture therapy?
Horticulture therapy is the practice of using horticulture to improve or make better a person's well-being.
Simply put, gardening has benefits to it that can help make you better. In horticulture therapy, the essence of this therapy is to engage the individual in gardening activities to make them feel better.
What are the benefits of horticulture therapy?
There are literally hundreds of benefits that you can get from HT (horticulture therapy) but I’ll be naming a few that stand-out the most.
- Increases the person’s self esteem
Because the person doing gardening can see positive results in what he or she is doing, it increases self-esteem and self-worth.
- Improves concentration
The thing with gardening is, it isn’t something that you can do without giving it a certain level of focus.
When watering plants, you need be careful with the amount of water that you’re adding otherwise, you’d be adding to much water on it. When pruning, you need to be very careful with where you cut; otherwise you might end up harming your plants.
- Good for the health
Because you are surrounded by all the greenery, you breathe air that’s comparatively fresh, especially if you’re in the city where smog and air pollution is presentt.
If you are growing organically, you get to eat fresher vegetables and fruits that are free from chemicals that can be detrimental to your health.
- It improves your physical health
With all the tasks involved in gardening, such as turning your compost, cleaning and removing weeds, watering your plants (among many others), it’s a perfect way to get some daily exercise.
- It helps with your social interaction
Because you now have your own garden, you can relate to other gardeners who understand what it is you’re doing.
It’s a good way for you to open up, share and give advice and even do collaborative volunteer work within your community.
- Helps you relax and induces the feeling of calmness
Gardens have their own way of making you relax. Maybe it’s because you’re surrounded growing plants and fresh air, but there’s no doubt that spending time in your garden will make you feel at home and free from any kind of hurry.
- It increases your sense of accomplishment and pride
A well-tended garden is beautiful, and the gardener sees himself as the “creator” or the person who made it all happen. That can boost your sense of accomplishment.
- It’s (relatively) inexpensive
Unlike other hobbies like shopping, going out of town, or investing in expensive sports equipment, horticulture therapy doesn’t require much financial investment.
While you can make horticulture therapy as expensive as you want, you can stay simple and still experience the best that it can bring you.
If you go for organic gardening, you can make your own compost and amend your soil for free.
- It helps unite families
Gardening can be a shared family activity. You don’t have to keep it all to yourself. You can assign tasks to your family members and enjoy the beauty of your garden together with them.
If you do this, you’ll be able to share all the benefits that gardening can bring to your entire family.
I’m just scratching the surface here with all the benefits that I mentioned about horticulture therapy. There are literally hundreds of ways that you can benefit from it.
Now that you’ve read some of the benefits of horticulture therapy, I hope you’re now convinced to start gardening (if you haven’t yet) and start experiencing the benefits yourselves.
It’s your turn!
Whether you have an idea, question or suggestion to share, I’m more than happy to hear it out. Do share it in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you soon!