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Mind Body and Soil — Improving Your Life Through the Garden

Fully grown beds of nightshades – mainly peppers and tomatoes, at a completed RCH Studios project in Beverly Hills.
Our studio colleague Huay Wee tucked a simple yet productive raised vegetable bed into an already established backyard garden.

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:14 pm

By Mark Rios and John Lambert Pearson

Thank you for your email. I am not working the afternoon of Friday 5/29. I’m busy in my garden. I will respond to your message when I return on Monday. Thank you. In the current pandemic, much is uncertain, and things may feel generally unsettled. We have an inherent desire to control our surroundings and gardens are an easy place to shape and connect with the earth. While we are minimizing our time in public and maximizing our time at home, we started thinking about the many health benefits of the home garden. The home garden can be an amazing asset to your well-being and you don’t have to go any further than your backyard to reap the rewards. Studies in environmental psychology show that there is a tangible and measurable link between human access to the natural world and reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression. Scientists have found that exposure to nature increases wellness, productivity, and creativity.

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