Gratitude, like gardening, is good for you

Gratitude, like gardening, is good for you
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I’m sure grateful for the chance to enjoy the gardens of Toronto with 70 other garden bloggers last June.

As I just heard on an NPR report yesterday, being thankful is not just the thing to do at this time of year, gratitude actually has real health benefits, including reducing the possibility of heart disease. Well, I’m all for that!

So here goes:

Gordon and Brian–the most obsessed gardeners I know

I’m thankful that I live in one the most garden-obsessed cities in the US, and I’m grateful to more than 300 fellow Buffalo gardeners, who, like me, open their gardens to the public for free on the last weekend of July.

I’m grateful that younger people (think early 30s) are starting to garden in larger numbers (according to studies released by Harris, Garden Media Group and the National Gardening Association). They may be more interested in food gardening than I am, but they understand the benefits of surrounding themselves with green space and growing healthy produce.

I’m relieved and grateful that the governor of New York weighed the benefits against the environmental and health risks and decided against fracking.

On a related note, I am thrilled and really thankful to live so near so many spectacular parks and nature preserves, such as Zoar Valley (above), Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Niagara Falls and gorge, and, of course, the Olmsted parks throughout Buffalo.

I’m grateful that, as a shade gardener, I’ve learned to love the many textures of green, and not be so obsessed with flowers.

Except in spring, when my bulb obsession pays off.

I’m grateful to live near so much fresh water.

Finally, I’m grateful for this opportunity to blather on to you all (with your kind indulgence), and really thankful that I have five amazing partners on this blog, which is now nearing its tenth anniversary. Thanks for letting me rant!

Posted by

Elizabeth Licata
on November 24, 2015 at 9:46 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig.


    • alan
    • 9th December 2016

    And I am grateful to have such a wonderful wife who reminds me of all the beauty in life to be thankful for!

    • Laura Munoz
    • 9th December 2016

    I’m grateful for Garden Rant, where there is a great diversity of opinions and a total unapologetic obsession with gardening.

    • Garden Rant
    • 9th December 2016

    Thanks and thank YOU for your thoughtful comments. Susan

    • Susan Harris
    • 9th December 2016

    Terrific post, Eliz, and back atcha for being a terrific partner-in-ranting all these years.

    • Susan
    • 9th December 2016

    And thank YOU, GardenRant, for giving me so much pleasure/information/obsession/insert adjective here. I’m a better gardener because this blog exists.

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