Homes come in all shapes and sizes.
Studio apartments overlooking city streets, two-story townhomes tucked along trendy neighborhoods, large open floor plans spilling into fenced green yards. But something universal, no matter your floor plan or footprint, is that growing up with nature in the home is good for your growth.
A home offers many things, warmth, comfort, love, and safety. It’s also a place for growing and learning on both a conscious and subconscious level. Whether they are aware of them or not, a child’s surroundings have a tremendous effect on their mood, experience, and health. Wanting to give best, we surround them with soft beds, warm meals, and cozy couches, satisfying the most basic needs. Beyond this, we have the opportunity to affect their growth, sense of self, and connection to the world by incorporating nature in an interactive way.
In Maslov’s hierarchy of needs, “esteem needs” (the need for confidence, mastery, self-confidence, independence) are followed by “cognitive needs” (curiosity and activities that require creativity and meaning). “Aesthetic Needs,” including the need to beautify one’s life and the ability to appreciate beauty on a daily basis, follow and serve a more profound meaning and sense of self, requiring “immersing oneself in nature’s splendor while paying close attention to and observing their surroundings to extract the world’s beauty,” the need to connect with nature resulting in an “endearing sense of intimacy with nature” (Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs, Wikipedia, 2022).
As a kid, everything you encounter is a curiosity with the potential to impact your growing personality. While it’s essential to spend time outdoors, it is vital to be with nature indoors as well. Studies have shown your environment can have a significant impact on your mood. Light, bright, green spaces give the feeling of energy, health, and motivation. Rooms with potted plants have been shown to improve sleep quality and are even being prescribed by doctors to help treat anxiety and depression.
A child’s surroundings may also encourage (or discourage) relationships, a key element to happiness. Objects that invite questions, interaction, and the ability to work on something together foster meaningful exchange. A Gardyn, a living, breathing object of nature, serves not only as an element of life but as one that you, as a growing person, can play a part in, providing the opportunity to develop those esteem, cognitive and aesthetic needs.
From wobbling toddlers to elusive teenagers, we see kids become fascinated, involved and swell with pride as they learn to care for their Gardyns. At school, teenagers are learning about growing food. Parents share photos of toothy smiles holding bowls of fresh harvests and children and parents are cultivating special hobbies together. For Gardyner Sophie Banton and her daughter Ari, having a Gardyn at home has been a game-changer. “What started as something small for her and her daughters’ health and environment has become a lifestyle. Their days are now spent surrounded by bright, happy plants. They eat healthier, feel better and no longer need certain medications.”
Our young Gardyners (and their families) love sharing the effects their Gardyns have, and we love seeing them. We aim to create something that is not only nutritious and beautiful but inspiring and an opportunity to learn. Beauty, health, inspiration, and sharing, all essential parts of a happy life, go hand in hand, and it’s mighty nice when you can find them all in one place.