When I started researching the plant/person connection for my book, Growing Joy, something that surprised me was how limited my view of the plant/person relationship was to sight and taste. I knew I could enjoy looking at my plants and when appropriate, eating the ones I grew, but I realized that I was disconnected from my other three senses when it came to my plant collection. This conversation with Marc Hachadourian is all about our senses and feelings with plants - taped live at the New York Botanical Garden! We share simple and efficient ways to engage all your senses in the garden in this special ep. Let's get to it!
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In this episode we learn:[01:15] Updates on Growing Joy[02:06] What to expect from this episode[02:31] Why you should visit New York Botanical Garden (or your local botanical garden!)[04:18] Upcoming exciting live Growing Joy events[06:15] Who is Marc and how did he become the plant parent he is today?[07:40] A little introduction about Maria and Growing Joy[09:34] An excerpt from Growing Joy’s chapter “Plant Seeds of Delight”[12:14] How to overcome our fear of failure and explore our sense of wonder in the garden[15:33] How plants and gardening deepen our connection to ourselves[17:22] Marc shares a story of gratitude in NYBG after the lockdowns[21:54] An exercise of mindfulness to reconnect with our senses while in the garden[23:56] How Marc engages his sense of touch in the garden[27:01] Why temperature is an important component of plant care[28:25] How plants stimulate our sense of smell; different common smells from plants[31:45] How smell can indicate what’s good and what’s bad in the garden[33:55] Why smell is the strongest of the senses[35:39] An excerpt on taste from Growing Joy[37:25] How to make use of your sense of taste better[39:09] The foolproof way to grow your garden![40:37] Fertilizers and plant foods for all types of plant parents[43:14] How growing our own food and tasting our hard work reconnects us to loved ones[45:44] How to engage your sense of hearing in the garden[49:29] Marc’s favorite sounds growing up and exploring rainforests[50:35] Why we shouldn’t underestimate the power of silence[55:29] The beginning of Growing Joy, “Open Your Eyes”[58:44] Why Marc believes observation is the most important skill[01:01:06] How plant care enriches our empathy towards the world[01:02:58] Live audience question: What orchid varieties are recommended for indoor growth and how do you keep orchids healthy?[01:04:16] Marc’s review of Growing Joy[01:05:32] Why our interaction with colors matters to our wellbeing[01:08:08] Live audience question: Why did the color of my rose change when I moved it?[01:09:22] Live audience question: What are the best tips for growing roses?[01:10:51] Live audience question: How do plants improve our environment?[01:12:10] Mama Failla takes the mic and shares an easy yet most thoughtful gift idea (from plants!)[01:16:30] Words of gratitude from Maria[01:18:56] A few simple tips to engage with your plants and with yourself moreMentioned in our conversation:Terrain by AnthropologieOne Square Inch rainforest audioThe Sound Tracker, Gordon Hempton’s websiteNew York Botanical Garden
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