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THANKS PLANTS!

The following is derived from a press release by thejoyofplants.co.uk and designed to promote indoor gardening. The information may be a bit quirky, but it certainly does make you think. Enjoy!

Plants are essential in our lives. Let’s give them something back! 

When you think of plants, you might think of the sansevieria that used to sit on your grandparents’ windowsill, or that spiky cactus in the meeting room. Yet, plants also cover the steppes and tundras, and make our countryside green and picturesque. What about the vegetables that you eat? It’s no accident that we talk about the Plant Kingdom. These green beings we share our planet with provide us with enormous abundance and riches. We could do with thanking them for that more often.

No Life Without Plants

Plants are essential for the Earth’s survival. They release oxygen into the air and provide food for animals. As autotrophic organisms (they convert sunlight into energy via their ability to photosynthesize), plants are the world’s main producers of oxygen, and also the basis for most food chains. In terms of evolution, the existence of animals on land could only occur after plants had gotten there first. Without plants there is no oxygen, no animals and no food. No plants—no life!

What Plants Do for You

It’s been shown that plants in your home make your life considerably more pleasant. They remove harmful substances from the air in playrooms and other parts of your house, and regulate the temperature to keep you feeling cool. Your children are never too young to discover the benefits of plants with these fun tips. Plants also help you to hang on to that holiday feeling for longerreduce stress throughout the year, and can transform a corner of your home into a Zen refuge.

Thanks plants!

Because plants do so much for us, wouldn’t it be nice to do something for them in return? So give them a loving home. Make the effort to get to know these living things. Give them a shower now and then. Move them to a brighter spot. Set them on a humidity tray. Whisper sweet nothings in their leaves. They really do thrive on that—and secretly it will also give you a boost too. They are alive. In fact, they’re life itself. Thanks plants!

Text and photos adapted from thejoyofplants.co.uk.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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