The Benefits of Horticultural Therapy: Returning to Earth
Horticultural therapy is just one of many great relaxtion techniques!
“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger.”
~ An excerpt from Stand Still by David Wagoner
Horticultural therapy helps us reset and reconnect to our surroundings. We become present in the moment. There is something truly primal, raw, and nostalgic about returning to our roots. Regardless of where we are from - urban or rural - we all have an inherent, biological wiring with the earth. It is part of our genetic code.
Horticultural therapy is a gift to yourself, an opportunity to work in unison with a world you may often feel works against you. You give of yourself and the earth rewards you with beautiful trees, flowers, and PEACE. One realizes that time spent in the garden is truly his or hers. You become more grateful of your surroundings and enjoy a renewed sense of purpose. So, grab a garden tool and return to the earth.
For more information about horticultural therapy, visit www.ahta.org This is the official website of tha American Horticultural Therapy Association.
This article was written by Ted Stefanski, President of By The Yard Land Service, LLC. To learn more about working with the land and general yard care, please visit
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