Healthy Gardens, Healthy You Factsheet (PDF)
Download this printable infographic on the positive impacts of gardening on mental health.
Why gardening is good for your mental health
This video by Johnsons of Wixley, a large European commercial nursery business, focuses on the potential mental health benefits from gardening.
Plants, the microbiome, and mental health
This video by Christopher A. Lowry from TEDXMileHigh focuses on important species of bacteria and microorganisms in different types of vegetables and how consuming a range of these vegetables and increased exposure to nature can improve mental health in addition to providing benefits to physical health.
Mayo Clinic Minute: Benefits of tending a garden
This video by Mayo Clinic Minute discusses the benefits of gardening such as lowering stress levels and increasing physical activity as well as a few examples of what vegetables you can grow in your vegetable garden.
Plants: Partners in Health- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and You
This story from NIH News in Health explains the health benefits related to eating more fruits and vegetables and starting your own garden for gardeners of all ages.
Better Nutrition Every Day- How to choose healthier foods and drinks
Learn more about the importance of including healthier food options in your daily diet for families and individuals of all ages from this story in NIH News in Health. Access to a local garden is one way to provide easier access to healthy foods providing an improvement in the nutritional value of food consumed.
Home gardening and urban agriculture for advancing food and nutritional security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
This research paper focuses on the topic of food insecurity and the need for “more resilient food systems” and stronger “local food production” and home gardens can be a major factor in improving these elements (Lal, 2020)
Gardening for Health: a Regular Dose of Gardening
This research paper focuses on the benefits of gardening on mental and physical health and the importance of local officials providing more open space for gardening which also provides positive benefits for the natural environment (Thompson, 2018).
Emotional Well-Being While Home Gardening Similar To Other Popular Activities Study Finds
This fact sheet focuses on the positive effects of gardening on “people’s emotional well-being” and “providing food security in urban areas and making cities more sustainable and livable”.
Why Garden- Attitudes and Perceived Health Benefits of Home Gardening
This research paper focuses on a group of individuals who garden in the UK, why they garden, their motivations to garden, and the overall benefits they experienced related to gardening on their physical and mental health depending on how much time they spent in the garden (Chalmin-Pui et al., 2021). This resource provides excellent input as to why the addition of home gardens is a positive addition
Gardening is Beneficial for Health
This research paper focuses on the positive effects of gardening and “horticultural therapy” such as an increase in “quality of life” and a decrease in mental health concerns such as depression through this research (Soga et al., 2016).