I was born in a small village. During my childhood, I still remember my village that wore the colour of green more than any other colour. I have heard as a child, adults around me talk of their farming experience, more than any other subject. I saw that people were very attached to the crops that they were growing. I also saw their happiness and worries when something happened to their crops. My village was in a rich geographical location and therefore farmers hardly worried about yield. But to my child’s mind it appeared like that they were fonder of plants than the people I see around me in cities these days.
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And so I also got the taste of loving plants just because of the kind of people around me. I spent my childhood climbing trees, helping farmers, playing with pets, helping during harvest seasons and doing many more activities. One habit that I cultivated was to go out and sit under a tree when I got upset. It really worked for me that time and it still works. I had a group of friends with the same mental approach and so each day we celebrated playing outdoors by playing games and discussing together about various thoughts and subjects. Without any doubt, I can say that there were many behaviourial and mental modifications done in me just because of the nature connection.
When it comes to horticultural therapy, I can see there were many activities we are using for connecting the participants with nature. For me, my childhood helped a lot for that. It is very important how you are approach these activities physically and mentally in horticultural therapy. The therapist should take the charge of that. Activities should be natural and make the participant feel that he/she is doing the activities without any external force or without their interest. This therapy really works for different populations and even for normal people.
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There were many studies proving the benefits of nature connection. They elaborately describe the physical, mental and social benefits of gardening and people-plant interaction. If you are an observer observe yourself every time once you finish some gardening work. If you are a parent allow your children to do gardening and make them love plants and see how their characters and behaviours change gradually. If you have any doubt in activities, garden design, implementation or gardening schedule, send us a mail, we will help you to do this in a better way.
ArtyPlantz is conducting workshops and one to one consultation on Horticultural Therapy for various populations. If you want to know more send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or give a call at 8762679127