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COVID Confinement Leads to Passion for Gardening

Here’s a charming message I received from a reader after she read the article Top 10 Reasons to Garden that appeared in this blog on March 7, 2021. 


Hi Larry,

I just discovered your blog and I must comment here… 

I became a gardener last spring thanks to the pandemic lockdown. My mom, who had been tending our garden for 30 years, had eye surgeries last April and could not work in the garden. Also, she no longer enjoyed gardening and only saw it as a chore for the last few years. 

Then the lockdown here in Slovakia happened and I was stuck at home working from a home office with nowhere to go and not much to do. So, I looked around and saw an opportunity… And I never looked back! 

A year later I am in love with gardening more and more every day. I am now fully rejuvenating and re-landscaping my mom’s 0.3-acre garden that, it turns out, was quite tired and neglected. In the process, I’ve been giving myself a crash course on horticulture, making things tidy and beautiful again, bringing more life and color to our environment and, most importantly, I found incredible peace, joy and stress relief in working in the garden. 

While other people around me are stressing out and feeling a lot of anxiety around Covid-19, vaccinations, politics, etc., I am planning what to dig out and what to plant where and when. 

Gardening is the best therapy. It’s been almost exactly a year since I planted my first plant in the garden and I feel like a changed person—so much calmer, more productive, happy, proud of myself. I really recommend to anyone who has the tiniest plot of dirt around their house to plant something. It might change their life!

So happy I found your helpful blog, I will be reading it from now on.

Nad’a Clontz
Star Tura, Slovakia

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. 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 has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening 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 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

8 comments on “COVID Confinement Leads to Passion for Gardening

  1. That about sums it up for all us gardening enthusiasts. Thanks for all your help and tips.

  2. That’s for sharing. Such a lovely letter

  3. Carole Hoffman

    Thanks for posting , Larry. I hope many others who are dealing with the heavy stress load our current times are creating for us have found salvation from the stress through gardening. For myself, although already a lover of gardening, the 1/2 mile trail my husband blazed through the woods around our 10 acres surrounding our home, as a way of keeping himself busy during the lockdown, has given me a much larger canvas to create my floral masterpiece. I’ve been busy as a bee and loving every minute of it! Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to write about creating woodland gardens? Thanks for your newsletter. I’ve learned so much from it!

  4. Nice to hear from other novice gardeners. Really nice letter.

  5. It is not just about confinement at home. Some people have been unable to work to earn money for groceries, so grew produce in their home gardens.

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