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Garden Room

By Shelby Burr

Looking to relieve stress in your life? Wanting to update your home with some new decor to do just that? Do you also have a green thumb or are looking to enhance your gardening skills?

Well, this is THE article for you! We are going to discuss just those topics.
As we go throughout the day, we tend to find some stressful situations. From meetings to conference calls, picking up the kids from work and running to the grocery store. We seem to never take a beat and just rest: rest our minds, rest our bodies, and give ourselves a break. Little do you know, plants can help you reduce that stress throughout the day. Keeping ornamental plants in the house and in the workplace not only relieves stress, but increases memory retention and concentration. 


The calming influence of natural environments is conducive to positive work environments by increasing a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. So, let’s create a happy spot in your home filled with plants that can help reduce your stress! Garden rooms are fun, unique and create such a fun and relaxing atmosphere in your home. Not to be commonly confused with a green room, garden rooms don’t require as much moisture and temperature control!

In your garden room, make sure that there is natural light (not too much direct sunlight), can be temperature controlled to 68 degrees fahrenheit minimum and that your plants are not under any kind of fan or windchill. Easy! Depending on the plants you select, make sure they are pet safe if you have any pets. If they aren’t plant based, place the plant in a spot that cannot be reached (same goes for little kiddos). 

So, now that you know where to have your garden room (room, corner, shelves, whatever is easiest), what plants do you fill your spot with? Here is a great list of plants! Some are great to reduce stress, other’s are great herb plants to help strengthen your brain and memory:

  • Aloe Vera: A great plant for stress reducing and easy maintenance!
  • Pothos plant: grows quickly and is very easy to take care of. Just water once a week!
  • Peace Lily: a delicate and beautiful flower to promote positive attitudes
  • Peppermint: growing a little bit of this plant can help lower frustration and boost awareness according to studies. Menthol, found in peppermint, also helps relax the muscles and aid digestion.
  • Lavender: Not only does it smell amazing, but it is mostly used to help soothe babies! Lavender oil is commonly prescribed as a treatment for anxiety and depression. 
  • Gerbera: Known for its beautiful flowers, the bright colors can instantly be calming! They remove benzene from the air - a chemical found in inks. They can also bring a calming atmosphere as well as encourage a good night’s sleep.

No matter what plant you pick, your home is going to instantly feel stress free. Much like going outside, being under the influence of plants can increase memory retention up to 20%, a recent University of Michigan study showed. The effect of nature in the home and in the workplace serves to stimulate both the senses and the mind, improving cognition and performance. 

So, treat yourself to some peace and tranquility. Allow your mind to take a break and be filled with stress free thinking! Your garden room will bring so much happiness to your soul and to your brain. Enjoy!

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