September 19, 2008
In Sweden, “gardening therapy” has been used with success for many years. People suffering from depressions or other illnesses of the mind, spend weeks or months outside the cities, on manors or farms, tending to the gardens and green houses. I myself love being in the garden, caring for my plants, bushes and flowers in colourful pots. Truly, there is nothing more tranquil or soothing. To plant something and to watch it grow and thrive, becoming beautiful and strong, gives me incredible satisfaction. I grew up in apartments and although my mother kept plants all over the place, it never interested me much. My parents bought their first house when neither my sister nor me lived at home anymore. The little patch of land they had with their first house, they managed to make into an exquisite garden, full of lush plants and flowers. This avid interested was highly contagious and today, I have my own green corner that brings me happiness, gives me time to relax and soothes all my senses. Furthermore, I get continuous compliments from everyone, commenting on the beauty of my plants. I am always asked what my secret is, how do I manage to get my plants looking so lovely. And I am more than happy to share that secret with anyone who asks. As it is indeed very easy; you just give your plants or flowers regularly water, food, sun or no sun, depending on what they desire and most of all, your love and care. And they will give you years, perhaps decades of happiness back. It is indeed not much different then dealing with people.