people plant interactions

Some research highlighting the benefits of people-plant engagement and some resources for you and your garden


Chen, Yuh-Min, and Jeng-Yi Ji. "Effects of Horticultural Therapy on Psychosocial Health in Older Nursing Home Residents: A Preliminary Study." The journal of nursing research: JNR (2014).

Berman, M. G., Jonides, J., Kaplan, Stephen. (2008). The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting with Nature. Psychological Science. 19: 1207-1212.http://libra.msra.cn/Publication/6994981/the-cognitive-benefits-of-interacting-with-nature.

Detweiler, MB, Sharma, T, Detweiler, JG, Murphy, PF, Lane, S, Carman, J, Chudhary, AS, Halling, MH, and Kim, KY. “What Is the Evidence to Support the Use of Therapeutic Gardens for the Elderly?” Psychiatry Investig. 2012 Jun;9(2):100-110. http://dx.doi.org/10.4306/pi.2012.9.2.100

Gonzalez, MT, and Kirkevold, M (2014), “Benefits of sensory garden and horticultural activities in dementia care: a modified scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23: 2698–2715. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12388

Kim, HJ, Yang, Y, Oh, JG, Oh, S, Choi, H, Kim, KH and Kim, SH. (2015), “Effectiveness of a community-based multidomain cognitive intervention program in patients with Alzheimer's disease”. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12453

Louv, R. (2006). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Algonquin Books.

Masuya, Junko, Kikuko Ota, and Yuriko Mashida. "The Effect of a Horticultural Activities Program on the Psychological, Physical, Cognitive Function and Quality of Life of Elderly People Living in Nursing Homes." International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices 2014 (2014).

Min-Jung. “Effects of Various Horticultural Activities on the Autonomic Nervous System and Cortisol Response of Mentally Challenged Adults” Horttechnology December 2010 20(6)

Park, S-H. & Mattson, R. H. (2009). Therapeutic influences of plants in hospital rooms on surgical recovery. HortScience, 44, 1-4.

Selhub, E., & Logan, A (2012). Your brain on nature: The science of nature’s influence on your health, happiness, and vitality. John Wiley and Sons.

Wang, D and MacMillan, T. “The Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults: A Systematic Review of the Literature”. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/waaa20/37/2.Vol. 37, Iss. 2, 2013

Wiseman, Tania, and Gaynor Sadlo. "Gardening: An Occupation for Recovery and Wellness." International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions. Springer International Publishing, 2015. 797-809.

Wright, SD , Wadsworth, AM, “Gray and Green Revisited: A Multidisciplinary Perspective of Gardens, Gardening, and the Aging Process,” Journal of Aging Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 283682, 13 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/283682

Yasukawa, Midori. "Horticultural Therapy for the Cognitive Functioning of Elderly People with Dementia." International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions. Springer International Publishing, 2015. 811-823.