The original motivation for cultivating plants was to produce food for survival and social stability. Humans and their gardens have come a long way since then. Throughout history, edible plants have woven in and out of the ornamental garden in different times and cultures. For most of us in the US today, aesthetics are the driving force in design, and we don't even consider edible plants unless we put them in a designated vegetable garden in the corner of the back yard.
Today we look at the big picture effects of nature on our bodies, minds, and communities. Some of these ideas can be traced back to the active ingredients we talked about last week, and others are more difficult to explain, but all are backed by solid research. People who live in greener environments experience such an extensive list of health benefits, I could dedicate an entire post to it.
People need plants. We learn from an early age that we need them to create oxygen and food. As it turns out, we also need them for healthy bodies, minds, and communities. Earlier this year a few of our employees went to a lecture organized by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful called "Green for People: The Essential Nature of Greenspace for Urban Residents". The speaker was a pioneer in the field of human interactions with the environment and has produced an impressive body of work.
In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, today we'll talk about native plants and how they benefit us. You may have heard the term "biodiversity", but you may not know a lot about what it means other than a vague sense that it might have something to do with the rain forest. At the simplest level, biodiversity is having a wide range of species in an ecosystem. It is essential for all environments, not just places we consider wild or natural. Not to sound overly dramatic, but maintaining biodiversity is one of the keys to maintaining all life on the planet.
We love trees! Many people enjoy looking at trees, using photos of them as desktop backgrounds, or even occasionally planting one on arbor day. Urban trees are important because they provide tremendous benefits to our environment, communities, health, and even economy. Below are just 10 benefits of urban trees.
The importance of picking the right plant for the right place is vitally important for your Indianapolis-area landscape. In fact, I'd probably consider it the single most important rule for all landscaping. Following the "right plant, right place" rule ensures that you enjoy your garden for years to come with fewer problems and expenses that you would face if you just found a plant you liked and put it where you have room in your yard.