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The health benefits of spending time in the garden

May 18, 2023

I recently discovered the Tell Us About….. link up through my friend Debbie from Deb’s World. It is a newish link up hosted by some lovely ladies from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and perhaps check out what they have written for this month’s prompt. Last month it was Tell Us About…. Whimsy. Youu can read my post When Was the Last Time You were Whimsical HERE .

Earlier this month, the lovely Gail from ‘Is This Mutton?‘ , who organises the Link Up, emailed me, along with some other bloggers asking if we would like to join the Tell Us About…. Team. I was delighted to accept as it is another opportunity to meet other bloggers, write about different topics around Living Well and to share my thoughts.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Gardens and Gardening. The prompt was suggested by Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper and I think it was a great choice. I’m sure there will be some beautiful photos for this one from all contributors.

I thought I would write about the health benefits of gardens and gardening and share some of my favourite gardens in Brisbane.

The health benefits of spending time in the garden

  1. Gardens provide a sense of calm
  2. Spending time in the garden and nature is great for our mental health and well-being.
  3. Studies show that spending time in nature reduces stress and anxiety and time out from a busy world.
  4. Gardening and tending to your garden provides a physical workout – one that you enjoy
  5. Gardening or spending time in the garden brings us closer to nature and encourages us to practice mindfulness and be present in the moment
  6. Spending time in the garden provides an opportunity for fresh air and to top up our Vitamin D in the sunshine
  7. Spending time working in a community garden with others provides a social connection and sense of belonging
  8. Our garden can bring a sense of achievement when we see them bloom
  9. Gardens can bring joy to the soul
  10. Gardens can be a healthy food source

What do you do when you don’t have a garden?

We lived in an apartment for the last three years on the Gold Coast and recently moved back to Brisbane to a 3-bedroom townhouse. We are enjoying renovating and looking forward to updating the small yard. I don’t really have a green thumb but I am looking forward to designing our new low maintenance back garden with my husband. My son-in-law recently built an outdoor patio so that is a start and I’m looking forward to soaking up some Winter sunshine with a morning coffee.

Until our garden is completed, I’m enjoying the gardens of Brisbane and discovering the health benefits of spending time in the garden and nature.

We do have a pool in the common areas of the complex which is a nice place to sit during the summer and do a photo shoot for a clothing brand. .

There is a lovely parkland area nearby with a lake filled with wildlife

The City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

The City Botanic Gardens are located right in the midst of Brisbane City. I love my weekly run through these gardens by the Brisbane river and this was the venue for the recent Mother’s Day Classic Run which is a tradition my daughter and I have for Mother’s Day morning. We have done this run for over 10 years in memory of my Mum who died from breast cancer back in 1985. It is a very scenic run and it’s hard to believe you are in the CBD of a major city.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha

A place I love to visit with my grandsons as a school holiday outing, is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens which are located at Mt Coot-tha, 7km from the CBD and set in 56 hectares, has something for everyone. My grandsons always enjoy a visit during the school holidays and it is a great way for children to explore nature and run free.

Whilst the gardens have several different areas they don’t actually have a formal floral garden unlike the City Botanic Gardens (shown above)

On arrival we take a map and plan where we want to go first…..then it is off to explore.

The Japanese Gardens are peaceful and I love the bonsai

There is a ‘Hide & Seek’ trail for the children and armed with your map you follow the clues and try to find and tick off the clues hidden throughout the gardens. Or just sitting for a moment to enjoy the surroundings.

Towering Alpine Trees, Palms & Rainforests, Lakes are just some of the many attractions to visit.

The Indoor Tropical Display dome is impressive

I hope you have enjoyed exploring some of the gardens in Brisbane with me. Do you enjoy gardening or exploring public gardens? Do you prefer traditional floral gardens or native gardens that are less structured? I’d love to read your thoughts….

Sue Loncaric
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Introducing The hosts of ‘Tell Us About’ – please take a moment to pop over and visit their blogs

  • Gail from Is This Mutton? – Gail shares her spring and summer planting and tips You can read her post HERE
  • Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) Deb admits she likes gardens but isn’t much of a gardener herself – preferring to take photos instead. You can read her post HERE
  • Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures in Style (USA – MK tells us about The Hobby That Got Out of Hand…)You can read her post HERE
  • Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper (UK) – Penny loves both gardens and the physical act of gardening which she has returned to in her new abode. She takes you through a journey of how her love of gardening developed. You can read her post HERE
  • Michelle from Following My Muse (USA) Michelle says: Gardening is like quilting? Absolutely! I was amazed when I realized that I plan my gardens the same way I plan my quilts. You can read her post HERE
  • Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) – Suzy isn’t keen on gardening but she misses having her own since her house was sold last year. She and her husband are currently building their dream home and are excited about planning their new garden. You can read her post HERE
  • Leslie from Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After Leslie is happily joining the Tell Us About link up and sharing a look at her oasis in the far west Texas Chihuahuan Desert. You can read her post HERE
  • Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle (USA) – Marsha shares This winter garden now exists in my memory and in a few photos.  But, it will always be home. You can read her post HERE
  • Sue from Women Living Well After 50 (Australia) – that’s me!

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  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton May 18, 2023 at 16:46

    Look forward to seeing how your back garden develops! Enjoyed the pictures of gardens in Brisbane. What a huge variety of types of flowering. I love bonsai too. One of my goals this summer is to visit more public gardens. Thanks for joining the challenge and sharing your first post! x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2023 at 16:55

      Hi Gail our yard is very small but enough for a patio and a small garden. The public gardens are blooming at the moment and I loved the orange and yellow blooms for Mother’s Day in the City Botanic Gardens. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 19, 2023 at 02:24

    Hi, Sue – This is a very inspiring and timely post. This past Mother’s Day Weekend I attended our area’s 30th Annual Garden Tour. It is a wonderful way to be outdoors and see individual private gardens of all different types. Two days later, Richard and I helped a friend set up a pergola in her garden. Although I am not much of an outdoor gardener myself, I love spending time in nature and in all types of gardens. The outdoor areas surrounding your new home are beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2023 at 16:57

      Hi Donna, I’m not a green thumb but I do enjoy being outdoors and the gardens just fill my soul with joy. We have a similar garden event during September in Toowoomba a few hours west of Brisbane. I would love to go one year and wander through the gardens of home owners who work hard to produce beautiful blooms. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 19, 2023 at 09:20

    That tropical dome is beaoutiful. In lockdwon I became a made planter, just to watch things grow. They’d then die but that didn’t matter. Or I’d plant them on the street and some jerk would destroy it (we have 2 schools in the street so it was a young jerk whose mother would do nothing to stop him) So if I was greenthumbed I would totally get the benefits of gardeniing proper.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2023 at 17:03

      The Brisbane Botanic Gardens have a wonderful variety and you can spend hours exploring. Look at you using COVID to maybe turn your thumb green – at least you tried but it is a shame that respect is not being taught by some parent these days. x

  • Reply The Grey Brunette May 19, 2023 at 22:42

    You live in the a beautiful part of the world, Sue. I love visiting botanic gardens when we go on holiday, but as far as I know we don’t have anything like that here in Portugal. Perhaps in the north? I should try and find out. Brisbane looks stunning and you’re very fortunate to have all that beauty on your doorstep!
    I’m thrilled to be a part of the group and excited to see what’s up next!
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2023 at 05:00

      Thank you, Suzy, Brisbane & Australia are stunning. I know that Barcelona in Spain had some gardens which were mainly cactus and succulent plants so perhaps Portugal has something similar because of the climate. I’m also excited to be part of the group and looking forward to what everyone selects as a prompt. Take care, Sue xx

  • Reply Michelle May 19, 2023 at 23:22

    I can attest to all the health benefits you listed. There is nothing more calming than spending time in the garden. And the botanical gardens you shared is amazing. Such beautiful spaces. It’s so awesome that you and your daughter share the love of running and honor your mom in this way.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2023 at 05:04

      HI Michelle, I would love to be a gardener. My son-in-law is a landscaper and finds loves working in the garden and creating gardens. The botanical gardens have something for everyone and one is never bored visiting them. The Mother’s Day run is a lovely tradition to share with my daughter and I hope it continues for years to come. xx

  • Reply Penny May 20, 2023 at 17:48

    Hi Sue, it is so nice to see your pix of the botanic garden.It looks beautiful and I so agree with your points on how healthy it is to be out in the fresh air and doing some gardening. You do get a sense of achievement and it is so great to look and look again at flowers blooming in the sun. I do think this collaboration is a brilliant way to learn much more about different cultures and countries 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 21, 2023 at 07:14

      Hi Penny, I’m sure for gardeners there is a great sense of achievement and satisfaction plus you have a lovely space to sit and relax. I’m excited to be part of this collaboration. I’m discovering new blogs to me and yes, learning about different cultures and countries. Enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Reply Amy Johnson May 20, 2023 at 21:59

    How fortunate you are to live near so many beautiful botanical gardens and parks. I have to travel far to see a botanical garden. Just gorgeous photos!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 21, 2023 at 07:12

      Hi Amy, yes I’m very lucky to have such natural beauty right in the midst of the City. Lots of green spaces to explore which is great for everyone. x

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com May 24, 2023 at 01:33

    My nurse daughter reminds me often that we need to kick off our shoes and enjoy walking in the grass barefoot. And it does feel sooooo good. She says it is called ‘grounding’ or ‘earthing’. PC is having surgery in a few weeks for cancer and his son is mid-psychotic break so we are trying some anxiety-fighting techniques like grounding over here. https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding I love being outside but PC is less inclined and likes to be on the go all the time. Hoping that having to be home after his surgery will help him recognize the delight of just being here, in our yard, on our porch, puttering around.

    The botanical gardens you shared are marvelous. What fun to take the boys there. We have a pretty park where I took Lucia several years ago and we played Billy Goats Gruff on the rock bridge there. Need to do that again.

    Thank you for sharing all the great reasons why being outdoors, growing things and enjoying the work of others who have gardened can be so good for us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 24, 2023 at 13:48

      Oh Leslie I’m sorry to hear PC is not well and his son isn’t either. Such a worry for you both so I’m sending love and prayers. The public gardens in Brisbane are beautiful and I can enjoy them during my runs and also taking the boys to visit during school holidays. Take care and hugs to you xx

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