Lush flower gardens and live oak trees here in Savannah, Georgia give it its charm and are one of the many draws to this beautiful city. The following article depicts the healthful benefits of gardening and how it changed one woman’s life. It was written by my colleague, Anna Bowness-Park and was recently published in the Vancouver Sun. Click the link below to read the full article.
Shelley Sparks is author of Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens with Feng Shui. In a recent article in Next Avenue she shared a powerful story about a woman who, after suffering two strokes, was seriously disabled and in a wheelchair. Yet, when Sparks met her some time later she was fully mobile. She asked the woman how this happened.
“She told me that her first stroke had paralyzed her and left her unable to walk. One day she was looking out her window, and noticed the empty lot next to her home, an unsightly mess, overgrown with weeds, parched soil and debris. That’s when it hit her: By rehabilitating that plot of land she might be able to rehabilitate herself. She crawled over to the lot every day on her hands and knees and slowly started pulling weeds and bagging debris. At first she needed help from her grandchildren, but she struggled valiantly for two years to clear the lot, and slowly but surely they both improved. Her doctors were in shock as they watched her return to full mobility.