Did you know that spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and boost your mood? But if you don’t have a garden at home and are staying away from public spaces because of COVID-19, it can be difficult to get that much-needed time to connect with Mother Nature.
Enter Healing Gardens—a new platform that allows users to safely reap the benefits of the Great Outdoors by reserving time at a nearby private garden and/or farm. There are locations all over the city including Santa Monica, DTLA, Mar Vista and Hacienda Heights. (Yeah, it’s basically like an Airbnb for outdoor spaces.)
A healing garden is a therapeutic outdoor space that has been specifically designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of those using the garden (that’s why you’ll often come across these spaces at hospitals and healthcare facilities). And now a new startup is taking the idea to the masses.
With Healing Gardens, users can book a green space in their area by the hour for exercising, reading, journaling, working and even goat petting (great for the kiddos). Each garden lists its amenities (including WiFi, facilities, parking, capacity, etc.) and all gardens and farms have COVID-19 regulations and protocols put into place. Sounds pretty zen, no?