Gardens offer many benefits for those who take the time to explore them. Gardens can be broadly classified as either private or public. Of course, design styles of all kinds can be found in both types of gardens. While private residential gardens are important spaces for those who have access to them and are able to enjoy them, public gardens are particularly important and special places. The value of public gardens can reach far beyond the physical boundaries as audience members as well as garden stewards experience their many benefits.
Research has been done to study the benefits people receive from public gardens. Although that research helps us better understand the aspects of gardens and some of the benefits people gain through garden experiences, additional work is needed. Further clarification of the vast array of physical and emotional human benefits as well as the wider societal and environmental benefits could help advance our collective understanding of, and appreciation for, gardens.
Through Garden Literacy, we aim to explore and share some of the everyday stories that people have about their passion, interest, and discoveries from gardens. Selected stories shared on our Contact page will be shared here. We hope this inspires new and growing conversations about gardens!