By now we’ve all heard the recommendations that the best place to be right now is at home. While this can be a challenge to alter our normal, busy lives, the bright side is that staying at home offers a prime opportunity to work outside in your garden alongside your family.

Enjoying the surrounding aspects of nature can be a great way to relieve the stress of this worrying time. The weather is still mild and pleasant, and the roads are quieter with many people working from home. Birds are singing in the early hours and building nests, and this is the perfect time to enjoy an abundant number of bird species as they migrate north. You might even see lizards basking in the warmer early spring temperatures or squirrels foraging for food.

In your garden, plants are beginning to emerge from the ground, leaves are unfurling, and blooms are popping out everywhere. There is nothing better than having extra time to enjoy the nature around you.

Studies such as those noted on goodhousekeeping.com show that gardening burns calories and can lower blood pressure. Plus, growing your food helps with healthy eating! Overall, gardening can make you happier and relieve stress!  

Children at home can learn by observing or participating in gardening activities. Sit outdoors and read together, or plant new things in your garden. Spend time watching things grow, draw or paint outside, play with your pets, and enjoy seeing bees and butterflies pollinate.

Now is the perfect time to reconnect with your home garden and stay healthy.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thank you Suzzanne for your beautiful note! I understand and support everything you presented so eloquently! I personally have been able to enjoy much that you have described out here in the country far, from the hustle and bustle of the city. I...

Thank you Suzzanne for your beautiful note! I understand and support everything you presented so eloquently! I personally have been able to enjoy much that you have described out here in the country far, from the hustle and bustle of the city. I hope more people will seize the opportunity to enjoy the nature around them and “Take time to smell the roses”. ???

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Robyn Sutton
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Thank you for keeping in touch. I really have enjoyed the down time from garden club activities and have focused on my little kingdom. Wanted to get your comments on the lovely Fresias that I bought while at the October Mart. They have been...

Thank you for keeping in touch. I really have enjoyed the down time from garden club activities and have focused on my little kingdom. Wanted to get your comments on the lovely Fresias that I bought while at the October Mart. They have been wonderful, and if the first flush of flowers got a little spoilt by the rain, then I cut them and brought them indoors where they lasted a long time. I was surprised by a second flush of blooms appearing and they are just as robust as the first ones. I wondered if you had any advice on how to treat the bulbs till the Fall?

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sandra evans
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Thanks Suzzanne. With all this time at home I can get a lot of work done. I’m always excited to see plants popping up that have been resting since last year. Plus, being outdoors takes my mind off eating!

Cindy Young
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