How gardens can create hope and security in times of uncertainty

20 years ago, two airlines crashed at the World Trade Center in New York City, according to television news. The nursing floor at the Oregon League Rehabilitation Institute is very quiet.

On that “horrible and horrible” September 11, the orchard grief returned to the hospital garden.

“It was quiet, there were no planes flying overhead,” she said. “I don’t think I heard birds singing.”

The desire to live in nature is deeply rooted in human existence. Spending time outdoors, caring for plants and caring for wildlife will improve health and well-being by reducing stress, which will speed up the healing process, he said.

Exercise outside the home also includes physical activity, connecting people, and refreshing the spirit.

In times of uncertainty, gardeners put their hands in the soil to feel strong. Experts call this “out-of-home” or “green medicine.”

In April 2020, at the beginning of shelter orders to reduce the distribution of COVID-19, Portland edible gardener Ian Wilson sent a message of comfort to his clients who were shocked by the mysterious coronavirus and food insecurity. .

“I believe our gardens will support us in this difficult time,” said Wilson, who offers garden plans and raised beds. “We sow seeds in times of abundance and in times of need. Gifts for our garden are too many to name and more generous than we can imagine. ”

Every mourner, who has been the coordinator of the Health Hospital Medicine Program for three decades, brings great sorrow. Now, in the fourth wave of COVID-19, she says people are tired, some angry.

Traumatic experiences can cause frustration and anxiety, but he said that walking in the garden is a coping strategy to focus on the outdoors and others.

The Portland-based Legacy Health Hospital system has 12 green spaces on campus specifically designed for healing. A.D. In 1991, ten years before 9/11, the first medical garden was unveiled at the Morris Care Center in Legacy, northwestern Portland.

“When you feel numb and numb from severe stress and trauma, you often forget to take care of yourself,” she said. It usually helps if you are in the normal cycle of the day, fresh air, sunlight and other natural benefits. Gardens provide rest and support.

Larry Cross was coping with a cognitive impairment and created a medical space in his backyard to help his wife feel safe and comfortable.

Designed to stimulate the senses with colors, fragrances, and ripe tomato flavors, the garden may not reduce a partner’s mental retardation, but it does provide “positive stimuli,” citing research by Portland Mental Health Instructor Roger. Anusen.

The cross is “enhanced by the positive effects of nature” to help him avoid watching television and to be “awakened” by the sounds and sounds of the home.

Caregivers also benefit. As a result, Meskel will open his backyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, September 11, for those who want to see what he calls the Fragmatic Matis Sculpture Park. Here, water features, yellow-orange honeycomb, and other elements are loaded to stimulate the five senses.

He hopes to encourage you to do more to create memorial gardens for your loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Meskel ‘Open House is open at 7407 SE Glenwood St., 75th Southeast Avenue in Brentwood-Darlington. Reservations are not required, but every gob should wear a itor mask.

Most of the garden project was rebuilt using a solid budget. Some had the image of a garden fence, with no fences, no sidewalks, and no poisonous plants.

The cross, relied on a movement scooter, also designed the courtyard to a high wooden platform, which he called a “rain tent”.

A former librarian, elementary school teacher and bookstore, she studied at Portland Community College for accessibility and aging-space design certificates.

One of his favorite places in the backyard is the straw for six chickens. “They are fun to watch and interact with,” he said, referring to studies on animal stability.

Meskel also designed a light-filled studio with two sliding doors and a view of nature, with the main view of the water, perhaps seated or seated with thousands of diamonds.

Three miles from Meskel House is Portland Memorial Park, fenced off at Southeast 104th Street and at Paul Bolevard in Ed Benedict Park. The tent at the entrance serves as an unforgettable sign as visitors visit the beds in a row.

During the coronavirus, people realized the importance of creating a sanctuary in their homes. The cross hopes that the feeling will continue.

“I encourage everyone to create or grow their own island of stability,” he said.

The well-proven benefits of greenery: increased hope and improved healing and health are more important than ever during a cholera epidemic, says Vegetarian Therapist.

Nature is the guarantee of life. He said seeing a few fresh flowers in a glass of water can help refresh, refresh and entertain people.

Here are Hazen tips for developing an indoor garden for further renovation

  • Plan for four seasons of sensory stimulation with images, touch, hearing, smell, and edible fruits or vegetables. Choose color, feel good Plants such as winter Colius and Petunia, Falling Esther and Black Eye Susan, Winter Fragrance Golden Mexican Orange and Camelia Sasanku, and their favorite spring flowers. Develop a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, annual and grape.
  • Move your most comfortable chair to the window to enjoy 365 days of activity and to observe seasonal changes between plants and wildlife. Hang an Odubon-approved birdhouse and bird or hummingbird feeder and install a water feature that could be a safe birdhouse. Encourage many birds, butterflies and other wildlife with water, a variety of plant choices and safe organic practices.
  • Socialize on plants. Shop and study at the garden to see what’s up. Meet your friends in a sunny and sunny garden. Join an outdoor gardening team. “Take the flowers to your neighbor,” he said sadly. Now we have to think about others who have suffered.
  • Gardening is considered a form of exercise. Walk around and explore your garden in the morning or at the end of the day. Do other activities to walk, bend, reach, stand, stretch, lift, push, pull, stand, sit and balance and strengthen all muscle groups.
  • To make it easier. Start small with your plants and look after the garden you created. He says he doesn’t do a lot of work and it’s all about happiness. “Gather some flowers and put them in the water,” she said. “It doesn’t even have to be in a vase. I put marigolds in a packet of tomatoes. ”

See dates for reopening of old health gardens, free gardening announcements and garden volunteer information at

– Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072 | @janeteastman

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