This summer, MDC’s Learning Resources department will focus on plant care to support wellness and success for our students, faculty, and staff. Interacting with plants provides many mental and physical health benefits. Plant care can help humans balance the stress that comes with mental work and constant technology usage1. For example, during COVID-19 lockdown and isolation, people tending home vegetable gardens improved their self-regulation2.
Intentionally looking at green plants for short periods of time has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and tension in adults3. In light of the research correlating plant care with wellness, Learning Resources will conduct workshops and events to support more intentional interaction with plants. This Libguide provides resources and general information about plant care. Check the Plant Events tab for upcoming workshops and events.
1 Lee, M., Lee, J., Park, B., & Miyazaki, Y. (2015). Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: A randomized crossover study. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 34(21), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40101-015-0060-8
2 Sofo, A. & Sofo, A. (2020). Converting home spaces into food gardens at the time of Covid-19 quarantine: All the benefits of plants in this difficult and unprecedented period. Human Ecology: an Interdisciplinary Journal, 48(2), 131–139. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-020-00147-3
3 Jeong, J. & Park, S.-A. (2021). Physiological and psychological effects of visual stimulation with green plant types. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182412932