How gardening may be helping people live longer

Posted on Apr 1 2019 - 6:59am by UOG

Gardening saved Mary Lou Heard’s life.

In the 1970s, Heard, who would later become known as Orange County’s patron saint of cottage gardens, went through a divorce that was so devastating she was hospitalized. On the grounds of the hospital, there

was a small neglected garden. Mary Lou got down on her hands and knees and, for the first time in a long time, she would later write, felt peace.

Now more and more studies are supporting what Mary Lou and many others have known in their hearts all along: Gardening is good for you, and not just in the calorie-burning way.

There is even some anecdotal evidence it might help you live longer.


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