Is gardening just hard work?

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Tending a garden can be a chore. And the adage ‘we reap what we sow’, is a fact of life in the garden. For those of us who are avid green thumbs, there may be enough motivation maintaining a flourishing outdoor space . But is there something else which drives the gardeners’ pursuits?

Intrinsic to our humanity is an innate need to connect to nature. The scientific term for this is biophylia . Actively tending the plants, or just spending time in the garden, nourishes our souls. When we go outdoors, we are attending to a deeper sense of being.

We don’t even need a garden, there’s evidence that caring for a potted plant increases well-being! Its natures tonic.

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