More Mainstream Media Acknowledgement of Community Gardening
- Subject: [cg] More Mainstream Media Acknowledgement of Community Gardening
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 06:41:23 EDT
This was from a "women's" website our of Arizona:
http://sheknows.com/about/look/1188.htm. What interest me now is that
community gardening is now being gradually accepted as a "regular," and not fringe
activitiy for people to be engaged in throughout the United States. This has
been a slow and incremental change, but the seeds that the American Community
Gardening Association and the National Gardening Association folks have been
planting with garden writers and in general media are beginning to bloom.
Clinton Community Garden
Gardening for stress relief
Gardens are not only beautiful and peaceful, research has shown that even
having a view of a garden relieves stress and helps with the healing processes.
University of Wisconsin horticulture educator Patti Nagai says even people who
don't have a garden or space for a garden, can grow plants in containers or
volunteer to help in a local community garden and reap the benefits of this
A "healing garden" is colorful and diverse, incorporates long sweeping curves
and promotes a sense of beauty and tranquility. Here are some pointers for
creating a stress-relieving outdoor space:
Complex designs with a lot of diverse plants have been shown to be more
"visually engaging" and have a calming effect on those viewing the garden.
Big sweeping curves are more relaxing than hard lines and straight rows.
Use a mix of colors: hot colors (red, orange, yellow) are stimulating; cool
colors (green, blue, purple, pink, white) are soothing.
Open spaces are important, but so are garden boundaries and privacy. Use
shrubs, grasses, trellising or fencing to create private areas.
Water is a peaceful element, but keep it simple and low maintenance.
Fragrant plants are delightful, and can invoke fond memories. Use lilac,
lavender, basil, roses, or others to add fragrance. If you are hoping to reduce
stress through gardening, it's important to make sure that working in the garden
doesn't simply create additional stresses. That means, take it easy. Keep
your gardening to-do list short. Stretch before and after working in the garden
to minimize aches and pains. Take breaks to sit back, rest and appreciate what
you've accomplished. Listen to music while you work.
Teaching children how to garden is a good way to rediscover the joys or
gardening. When you garden with children, you see the garden through their eyes of
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