Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has written a beautiful and moving essay on the healing power of gardens that brings in observations from John Muir, Walt Whitman, and especially the late and beloved neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. His essay “Why We Need Gardens” was published posthumously in a collection called Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales. Here’s an excerpt:
I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains, but I have seen in my patients the restorative and healing powers of nature and gardens, even for those who are deeply disabled neurologically. In many cases, gardens and nature are more powerful than any medication.
You can read the entire piece here.