By Mark Montoya
There is a lot of talk these days about the healing properties of plants: herbal remedies, infusions, salves, as well as the health benefits of organic gardening. But I’d like to point out the one healing property every type of garden can provide — relaxation. There’s a lot of truth in the old adage: Take time to smell the flowers.
Do you ever bend at the waist or get down on your hands and knees to find out what your flowers smell like? Try it, and get to know your flowers better. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Here is another thing you might want to try; it may seem very strange to many of you, but just try it. Find a pleasant spot in your garden, on the lawn, or even under a tree. Then, lie down and look straight up toward the sky or at the foliage of a tree, shrub or flower. Now, here comes the important part — lie there for at least ten minutes.
It is very relaxing … and habit forming.
Mark Montoya is a Montgomery native who first learned gardening from his father. He has designed planted and nurtured gardens in our city’s neighborhoods— both old and new, for twenty years.