Hortophilia has been described as this special desire to interact with, manage, and tend nature. This feeling is profoundly instilled in us. In this manner, contact with gardens, horticulture and gardening therapy, walking in presence of nature views or green exercising, have all shown considerable improvements on many aspects of our health. Therefore, not only plants make our spaces much better looking, they makes us healthier in many ways.
To begin with, growing evidence shows that both active and passive contact with gardens provides psychological, emotional, and social benefits. Cooper-Marcus and Barnes in their work on Healing Gardens,that benefits of gardens include recovery from stress, having a place to escape to, and improved moods. In addition, horticulture therapy has also shown benefits, especially in clinical settings and nursing homes. Other studies provide evidence that dementia and stroke patients show improved mobility and dexterity, more confidence, and improved social skills as a result of gardening activities. According to Ulrich, gardens will be more likely to be calming and to ameliorate stress if they contain rich foliage, flowers, a water feature, congruent nature sounds (bird songs, moving water), and visible wildlife, particularly birds.
Other researchers also have found improvements in emotional functioning and reductions in stress. For instance, a laboratory study by Prof. Pretty of “green exercise” tested the effects of projected scenes on physiological and psychological outcomes of subjects on a treadmill. They found that all subjects benefited similarly in physiological outcomes, but that subjects who viewed pleasant nature scenes (both rural and urban) scored higher in measures of self-esteem than those viewing totally urban scenes or “unpleasant” rural scenes with destroyed landscapes. Similar results have been found in field studies by Dr. Hartig and its colleagues who looked at the stress reducing effects of walking in an urban environment with nature as compared to a similar walk without natural elements.
Looking at the bigger picture, by cultivating plants we continue to cultivate our knowledge of the natural world and we embrace urban nature as a design option that promotes urban sustainability for today's world.
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Restorative Commons https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs-p-39r.pdf
Preference for Nature in Urbanized Societies: Stress, Restoration, and the Pursuit of Sustainability http://agnesvandenberg.nl/jsi.pdf