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Horticulture week landscape leads to a new perspective on the great outdoors
At this point in the game, you have almost certainly heard of me. Maybe you’ve watched one of my speeches, attended a class of mine, even bought a copy of my book. In spite of our different approaches and approaches, I know you and I think more or less the same thing about how and why people seek out the great outdoors. You understand nature can’t be separated from people and that we need to be out there. You may even feel you are at your best outdoors. You know that time in nature, away from cities, can be a very special place for people.
But you are here now, and you are still wondering why you’re here. And you are wondering if and how the outdoors can help your organization. My answer is simple. If you need help finding people to hire and getting them excited about getting outside, the gardens of America are where you can find them. The plants and flowers found in these places, the gardens of America, are not only beautiful to behold. They are also important for the health of people.
My job is to be a professional communicator, to be a story teller for the garden. Not an eloquent, smooth speaker. A storyteller who can cut through clutter and confusion to tell simple stories with complex messages. And the first, and often most important, story is that gardens can make people healthier and happier.
Our country is a very lucky place to live. We have the best healthcare in the world. If you need help for something, we have the best doctors and care to help you. We have the best hospitals and the best educational system. What I hope you also realize is that our best healthcare and highest education are based on outdoor experiences. Without gardens and the time and space to spend outdoors, our medical and education systems would be nothing like what we have today.
Gardens, of course, are made of plants. There are plants that feed us, plants that purify our water, plants that treat disease, plants that give us energy, plants that even make us beautiful. Our plants are part of the reason that our country is a great place to live. But here’s the trick: we don’t all garden. In fact, many of our neighbors don’t. Gardeners are a rare breed these days.
So, what’s the best way to get the non-gardener’s attention? To tell them that they’d be happier, healthier, and more productive if they spent more time outside? That they would find themselves happier, healthier, and more productive if they spent more time in and around plants? That they would find themselves happier, healthier, and more productive if they spent more time in and around friends? That they would be happier, healthier, and more productive if they spent more time in and around family? And that their happiness, health, and productivity would continue to increase exponentially as they spent more time outdoors?
How to do you get your non-gardener neighbors to realize that spending more time outdoors would be good for them?
Start by reminding your non-gardener friends that you are happier, healthier, and more productive because you spend time in and around plants. How do you do that? Start small, and start with yourself.
Have you ever gone for a hike or a walk in the park? It’s a great way to spend some quality time. You can tell your friends about the experience and hopefully you will get more invitations.
Have you ever gone for a picnic with friends? It’s also a great way to spend some quality time. You can talk about the food, the weather, the company, the conversation, and you can get more invitations.
Have you ever gardened? Have you had success growing vegetables or fruit? You can tell your friends about it, and you can also give them some of the harvest to eat. You can also show them your garden at their house and tell them about all of the benefits of growing your own food.
Have you gardened in a community garden? Have you had success growing vegetables or fruit? You can tell your friends about it, and you can also give them some of the harvest to eat. You can also show them your garden at their house and tell them about all of the benefits of growing your own food.
It’s a proven fact that being in nature improves your health and well-being, as well as your relationships and sense of self-worth. Now you can share that knowledge with your non-gardener friends.
Start with the things that you know you can control: your attitude, your actions, your words, your priorities, your energy, and your time. Spend some time each day practicing mindfulness and other simple routines to bring more positivity into your life.
And do something about the other things that you can’t control: your genetics, the climate, the soil, the pests, the weeds, the weather, and the competition. You’ll never win if you don’t get started, so don’t be afraid to get your feet wet!
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“I don’t care what you think, I’m doing this!” — David Hogg
At 3:29 p.m. on a Friday in the summer of 1970, a small, quiet group of college students staged a sit-in at the office of Senator James Eastland of Mississippi, demanding that the state not ratify the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. They were the first in a string of campus demonstrations, marches, and sit-ins, and in only a few short years they changed the course of American history.
These young, idealistic activists created the modern anti-abortion movement.
The anti-abortion movement was not born in Texas. It was born in the south. After Roe v. Wade passed, it was a legal requirement for any abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Because the law barred the poorest women from traveling the 30 miles to the nearest clinic, it meant many women had to travel hundreds of miles by bus or to drive through remote areas to reach the nearest