Well, that heading shouldn't come as any surprise.
What gardener doesn't enjoy spending time with plants, or ache to get their hands in the soil during the long winter? Who doesn't miss their gardens when away from home, perhaps even traveling only in their garden's off season? Who doesn't run up to their huge yucca blooms that have opened (for the first time in three years) immediately after returning from a trip (without even going inside first) to give them a big hug?
Oh, right. That last part may just be me!
But now there's scientific proof that I'm not nuts. You see, scientists at the University of Michigan did a recent study that found that walking in nature is not only good for the soul, but it improves memory and attention. Surprisingly, people who walked for the same amount of time in urban settings did not see these same improvements!
According to a related Boston Globe article, several studies have also found that children with attention-deficit disorder have fewer symptoms in natural settings.
I know I feel more peaceful and relaxed in my garden, and I'm glad that what gardeners have known for so long -- that nature replenishes the soul -- is being studied seriously and is making it into more mainstream media.
Now... Please excuse me while I go whisper sweet nothings to my snow-covered evergreens!