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LH 82: Healing Gardens

How to tap into your garden to de-stress and heal.

Although this episode’s topic is “Healing Gardens”, it’s NOT just about how a garden can be used to heal from a serious illness.

A garden can certainly help with that. And we do talk about a garden’s healing properties.

But this episode goes beyond that.

I interview garden designer, Jenny Peterson, to talk about how we can use our gardens everyday to slow down, be present, reduce stress and heal ourselves from any sort of ailments we may have.

And let’s face it…we all have things with our body, mind and spirit we can improve.

A garden can help us do just that.

And that’s exactly what Jenny specializes in when she designs gardens for others.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The type of benefits you can get from your garden
  • Why you don’t have to be sick to get these benefits
  • How exercise can go beyond cardio
  • How the garden helps you de-stress and get grounded
  • Simple ways to connect to nature while outside
  • What are garden rituals
  • The simple daily practice that reaps big rewards

Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson is an Austin, Texas-based garden designer with her own firm, J. Peterson Garden Design. She is also a writer, author and speaker. She specializes in designing, writing and speaking about gardens that enhance the quality of life, heal from the inside out and help to create balance and wellness.

She is a breast cancer survivor and the author of “The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing & Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet” (St. Lynn’s Press 2016) and co-author of “Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants” (St. Lynn’s Press 2013).



Resources & Links Mentioned:

 Peterson Garden Design – Jenny’s website

The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion – Jenny’s Book

Indoor Plant Décor – Jenny’s book with Kylee Baumle



Click here for the LH 82 Transcript – Healing Gardens 

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.