What Plant Makes You Happy?

According to David Coton, that is the question asked by the Horticultural Trades Association's National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme, who want to increase awareness of the positive contribution plants can have on people's lives.

Created by David Coton on Wednesday, 11th of March, 2015.
Updated on Tuesday, 1st of December, 2015.


The physical health benefits are well known but just looking at a garden is scientifically proven to improve recovery time amongst hospital patients, according to Sir Richard Thompson, ex-President of the Royal College of Physicians. 

Together with Thrive, a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive change, and leading gardener David Domoney, the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) now want people to name the top three plants that make them happy.

When the results are known, the top twenty plants will be exhibited at this year's Chelsea Flower Show as part of a scientific experiment.

Facial recognition cameras will gauge visitor reactions to the plants, monitoring eye contact, smiles and reactions. The results will be displayed and analysed according to age and gender.

Then the plant that causes the greatest sense of well-being will be identified.

So, if snowdrops produce a spring in your step, or you delight in dahlias, vote for the plants that make you happiest at: www.daviddomoney.com/happy-plant-top-100

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