Author: Alisha Lampley
2020 has definitely been one for the books wouldn't you say! My plant journey began after losing my dad December 2019. I am what you would call the epitome of being a daddy's girl. Didn't matter that I'm in my late 40s, I still considered myself a daddy's girl.
My dad loved gardening and having a house full of plants and something about that made me feel like he was still here with me. So that one plant I bought has now blossomed to over 60...real quick! And the best part is that my first plant I bought is a dracaena dragon tree and its still alive. I picked it out because it had two parts that symbolized us, it didn't require much knowledge and was perfect for a new plant parent.
Over this past year I realized how much plants can play a role in our mental health. While I initially brought my first plant to help with the grieving process I learned how nurturing a living thing can be good for you too. I can't explain that feeling but its so therapeutic and good for me that I decided to expand to having a small raised garden bed.
Horticulture therapy (or plant therapy) is a technique that relies on plants and gardening to help people overcome health issues such as high blood pressure, memory disorders, depression, addiction and survivors of abuse. This form of therapy is connected to the concept of "biophilia" which means that we are genetically connected to nature and plant life.
I love bringing out my silly side too when it comes to my plants. I've given several of my favs and problem ones names because they somehow still have their own personalities. Who knew a plant could be just as temperamental as a 2 year old!
I've worked on the crisis team for over 4 years and one of the first things I always suggest after mentioning therapy is getting a small easy to care plant such as a snake plant or pothos. These plants are fairly inexpensive and watching them grow does wonders for those that are feeling like they are in a dark place. We all want to feel loved and cared for and also want to reciprocate that and plants are an amazing way to work on one's mental health. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts feel free to contact 800-273-8255 for help.
What are your top 3 favourite plants?
1. Purple Oxalis
2. Peperomia Rosso
Where can plant people find you?
Alisha Lampley - Wine'ing Momma