Plants Bring Meaning and Purpose to Life
Prisons, schools, housing projects and hospitals have all documented the positive effects of working with plants.
Charles A. Lewis, Research Fellow in Horticulture at Morton Arboretum, has studied the effects of plants and landscaping on people in various communities, including neighbourhoods, housing projects and prisons, over a 30- year period.
In a paper published
in "The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development,"
Lewis concluded that when horticultural programs are implemented in
those communities, the landscaping process makes an enormous difference
in how members feel about themselves and the area in which they reside.