Friday, February 15, 2013
Horticulture's healing powers
In Florida, the healing power of plants and ornamentals is taking the spotlight. In a recent Miami Herald article, reporter Patricia Borns writes of "horticulture therapy" and the healing power gardens have on the elderly, the sick and the disadvantaged.
In the article, Borns features Robert Bornstein, who runs a gardening program to help people struggling with cognitive and social problems, coordination issues and other often debilitating symptoms. Borns explores how horticulture therapy is helping everyone from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients to senior citizens and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
The story sheds light on the broader impact plants have on people, an impact that goes far beyond simply being something nice to look at.
So the next time you busy yourself in the nursery or perfect your clients' flower beds, take heart in knowing your work does make a difference.
Read the full Miami Herald article here.