New research suggests that many people may indeed reap mental health benefits from working with plants even if they’ve never gardened before.
University of Florida scientists found that gardening activities lowered stress, anxiety and depression in healthy women who attended twice-weekly gardening classes.
Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges.
Our study shows that healthy people can also experience a boost in mental wellbeing through gardening
The idea of using gardening to promote better health and wellbeing — called therapeutic horticulture — has been around since the 19th century.
The answer might be found in the important role of plants in human evolution and the rise of civilization
“At the end of the experiment, many of the participants were saying not just how much they enjoyed the sessions but also how they planned to keep gardening,'" Guy said.