More than ever, in today’s chaotic time, with Wall Street in crisis, presidential campaign rhetoric filling the news, retirement accounts dwindling, real estate foreclosures and bank instability dominating the day, it is the garden that calls for our attention.
Garden- ers already know it; their garden is their escape. Gardens just make us feel better.
Eva Shaw, author of “Shovel It: Nature’s Health Plan,” says that gardening reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and helps fight depression. She gardens just south of us, in Carlsbad.
Kaiser-Permanente did a research study, measuring the brain waves of two groups of people. One group was quiet and prayed. The other went to a garden to pull weeds. Both groups had similar brain waves, which led researchers to conclude that gardening had the same therapeutic effect as contemplation and meditation.