nature therapy

 The name taken from the Japanese art of “Shin-rin-yoku” which translates to “Forest Bathing.”

Shinrin-Yoku is a research-based practice supporting the healing of individuals through the immersion in forests. The many benefits of live plants include removing toxins from the air, reducing stress and fatigue due to aesthetic beauty, creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and increasing productivity in closed environments.

In Feng Shui, plants are considered to be bringers of good luck, abundance, health and wealth, and to bring fresh new chi into the office, school and home environments. And, as they have a nervous system, plants can absorb or re-direct chi in a room.

Plants are welcoming and bring aesthetic improvement to any interior environment, home, office or public place. Plants help purify the air by removing Carbon Dioxide and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene) from the air. They also add humidity to the air.

Research carried out at the Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, UK has found that plants boost the learning potential for students. Students attending the lectures in rooms with plants exhibited greater attentiveness and also greater attendance. Behavioral signals were reduced by 70%. Students were virtually 100% more likely to return to lectures in the planted rooms after lectures than those without plants. When the rooms were unplanted this return rate was just over 86%.

Plants help to create a balanced working climate and consequently support good motivation in staff and students. Plants in the home provide a calming effect on inhabitants and encourage peace in ones abode. They also help to bring a little of Nature indoors. Plants reduce blinding effects and tired eyes as they reflect the yellow/green spectrum, which the human eye responds to as being pleasant and relaxing.

frequently viewed references

Habitat Study: Insects seen as pests are actually a critical food resource for our breeding birds.

National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™: Roots of a Revolution

* National Wildlife Federation -> NWF

* Youth Environmental Alliance -> YEA

* NWF Habitat Steward -> link

* Naturescape Broward -> link

* Broward County Master Gardeners

* Florida Master Naturalist -> link

* International Society of Arborists – I.S.A. Certified Arborist -> link

* FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional or FCHP -> link

* Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN) – Chair of the Education Committee & Board Member At Large  -> link

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture –>plant list
  • Florida Friendly Landscaping Plant Database –> link
  • plant REAL FLORIDA –> link

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Environmental Projects & Educational Programs

Annual Earth Day Work Day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
This event takes place on the Saturday or Sunday, closest to Earth Day (April 22) every year. In 2003, the youth group leaders at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale decided to create a volunteer project for their teen group and though the sponsorship has broadened, it still takes place every year.

Originally they hosted park clean ups and then started getting plant donations, and money donations to purchase plants and supplies for the park. The group has raised over $2,000 for the park.