“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy.”– Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”
A childhood classic piece of literature, “The Secret Garden” is a tale about nature and everyday magic. Two children, who both begin the story sick in different ways, find a forgotten garden locked behind a hedge and bring it back to life. While tending the garden, however, it becomes part of the magic that brings them back to life.
Gardening has long been known to be a great way to bring both physical and emotional healing into your life. Not only does it allow you to get outside in nature, it can also provide an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that support good nutrition. Gardening is also a mindful practice that reduces stress and improves mental clarity.
Living in the Los Angeles area offers renters and homeowners a unique opportunity to garden all year long. The mild climate in the region makes it perfect for growing many different types of plants, both edible and decorative. Gardening can be done indoors or outdoors, ranging from simple window boxes to an entire backyard garden. Whether you live in a modest apartment or a sprawling hillside chateau, gardening provides a sense of wellness and countless nutritional benefits that can significantly improve your life.
As we start a new year, exploring the majesty, wonder, and power of cultivating your garden can be a rewarding experience. Gardening has many physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual benefits that can help you heal and enrich your life. Here are six incredible ways gardening can help enhance, improve, and change your life.
Gardening Improves Heart Health
Gardening has been linked to improved heart health, with some studies showing that gardening can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Gardening can help improve your overall physical fitness and provide a great way to get much-needed aerobic exercise.
Having a Garden Decreases Stress
Studies have shown that gardening can help to reduce stress levels and improve mental clarity. Gardening is a mindful practice that allows you to focus on the present moment while giving your mind and body a chance to de-stress from life's everyday pressures.
Gardening Encourages Mindful Eating
When growing your own fruits and vegetables, you are more likely to be mindful of what you eat. Gardening can help increase your awareness of the food choices you're making, encouraging healthier eating habits and improving overall nutrition.
Indoor Gardening Improves Air Quality
Planting in L.A. can feel like a daunting task at times. With limited outdoor spaces, many people choose indoor gardening to enjoy the many nutritional benefits of fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits, which offers its unique advantage: Improved air quality. Gardening indoors can help to reduce airborne toxins and allergens in the home while promoting healthier air quality.
Treat and Combat Illnesses and Conditions with Healing Plants
Herbs and other healing plants can treat various illnesses and conditions, including headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and digestive issues. Gardening these healing plants can provide an additional source of relief from symptoms while aiding in the body's natural healing process.
Gardening is a Spiritual Practice
Gardening can provide a spiritual connection with nature and the environment. Taking time to cultivate plants, watch them grow, and tend to them can bring peace, tranquility, and harmony with the natural world. Gardening can also provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in your community who share a common interest in gardening.
Gardening is a beautiful way to bring healing into your life in many different ways. From improved heart health and reduced stress to mindful eating and spiritual nourishment, cultivating a garden in your home or outdoor space can be a rewarding experience. Gardening is also an excellent way to bring beauty into your life by creating vibrant color, texture, and scent displays in your garden.
Looking to add some whimsy, wonder, and joy to your world, as well as some garden inspiration? Explore The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden blossoms again for a new generation by the original creators, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and Grammy Award®-winning composer Lucy Simon. Follow young, orphaned Mary Lennox as she's sent from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle on his haunted English country estate. Guided by an exceptionally beautiful score, Mary's unapologetic curiosity and the help of unlikely companions send her on a thrilling quest to untangle the pieces of her family's past and, most importantly—discover herself.
What would be in your dream garden? Would it be a beautiful, secret hideaway place filled with flowers and shrubbery designed to feed your mind and ignite your sense of adventure? Would it be a bountiful field with endless rows of healing plants, delicious produce, and mesmerizing colors? Would it be a place for respite or nourishment? We'd love to hear from you.