The Healthy Benefits of Gardening

By: First Lady Katie O’Malley

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The American botanist Luther Burbank said “Flowers always make people better,
happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

 

April is National Gardening Month and at Government House in Annapolis, we’re preparing for our fifth annual food garden. As we enjoy warmer weather, budding plants, and emerging wildlife, we encourage you to plant a food garden at your own home.

There are so many things we gain when we get our hands a little dirty and plant a garden in our backyard, in containers or in a lot down the street, including:

  1. Eating Healthy: Fruits, herbs, and vegetables are fresh, nutritious, and readily available. They can easily be incorporated into favorite recipes. ChopChop Maryland offers seasonal recipes to make with your family.
  2. Exercising More: Gardening encourages us to get outside and be active. From watering plants to pulling weeds, the work helps you and your plants stay healthy.
  3. Connecting with Nature: Gardening at home gives us the opportunity think about the source of our food, as well as the importance of eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
  4. Spending Time Together: Gardening provides a wonderful opportunity to bond with friends and family. It encourages conversation and observation for children of all ages.
  5. Supporting Family Farms: Families who grow their own garden often choose to supplement their homegrown food with fresh produce from farmers’ markets, strengthening our local economy and supporting our family farms. Learn more about the benefits of eating locally-sourced foods.

Planting a garden at home is a great way for Marylanders to improve their physical and mental well-being. From patio containers to sprawling acres, we hope you will join us in getting outside and getting active.

Follow the progress of the Government House garden online at governor.maryland.gov/firstlady/.

 

My Mental Health Day Thanks:
First Lady Katie O’Malley
http://www.governor.maryland.gov/firstlady/
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