Less must-do. More want-to. | October 2022
Growing from Season to Season
Even before the season comes to a close and we welcome the orange hues that will inevitably take over the landscape, gardeners are already making plans for next year. Perhaps there’s something addictive about it? (We’ll leave it to the green thumbs to elaborate on that!) There’s definitely benefits to gardening—quite a few actually. And some may even surprise you.
In addition to providing wholesome produce, gardening is a great way to keep your body and brain active and engaged. Whether you’re growing veggies or flowers, there’s a lot of planning and learning that happens continually throughout the year. Constantly changing weather conditions and new varieties of plants promise to always have you on your toes. You’ll get in plenty of steps—and side bends—every day while tending your garden and some say there are microbes in the soil that act as natural antidepressants. In fact, horticultural therapy has been dated back to the 19th century and today is used to help individuals improve memory and cognitive skills, strengthen coordination, balance and endurance, learn problem solving skills and actively make connections and socialize with others.
The act of gardening has its many benefits, but the result of gardening can be just as powerful. Therapeutic gardens are popping up more and more in rehabilitative and health care settings. These gardens use the healing elements of nature, colors, textures and fragrances to provide a sense of wellness or to facilitate interaction. Duncaster’s Caleb Hitchcock Health Center has created a sensory garden designed to be a relaxing, secure space where residents can engage all of their senses as they explore.
If you’ve got a green thumb, you’re most likely familiar with the healing and mood boosting benefits of gardening. If you choose to move to Duncaster, you’ll be able to take your gardening passion with you! Our Community Gardens are prepped every year by our grounds crew and all the tools you need are stored in the shed right on site.
As the outdoor growing season winds down, things are still hot inside. If you enjoy houseplants, our climate-controlled, indoor greenhouse/solarium is where Landscape and Garden Professional Catherine Lyons and the Duncaster Greenhouse Committee care for a variety of lush and lovely plant specimens. Residents visit the greenhouse regularly to see what’s in bloom and enjoy a variety of interesting plants like our night blooming Cereus and orchid cactus. During the long, chilly winters, our greenhouse becomes an inviting, green oasis.
If you’re ready to bring your planting prowess and dig into a happy and healthy lifestyle at Duncaster, call Lisa Greene, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, today at (860) 380-5006.
Sources: Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, American Horticultural Therapy Association