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The Relationship Between Children's Health and Time in Nature

Those of us of a certain age probably remember long summer days with a degree of fondness.  Those were the days we were outdoors from the early morning until we were called home for family dinner time.  They were days spent riding bicycles, exploring the surroundings and sometimes just lying in the grass staring up …

Enviroscaping -- Urban Design for Today

                                                       A dear friend from out of town came to stay with me for a few days.  While she was here we did lots of running around;  I wanted her to experience what I loved about my new home.  As she was ready to leave, she told me that she could see why I loved …

Looking for Peace? Look to Nature

The other day I was having a conversation with a new acquaintance about houses we have owned and lived in, when something hit me.  Every time I described a house, I began by talking about the physical surroundings.  Not only that, the homes that held the strongest emotional connections for me were the ones that …

Forest bathing - A Walk to Revive

  Several months ago a good friend of mine sent me a link to an NPR interview he thought that I would find interesting.  “Don’t be put off by the name,” he said, “just listen to the whole segment and see what you think.”  Because he is a good friend and generally levelheaded, I put …

How Much Is Enough? Nature, that is...

A few weeks ago, I thumbed through a half a dozen magazines as I sat waiting for my doctor’s appointment. Each had at least one article about the environment. Most focused on climate change and protecting our fragile world, but one was decidedly different. Instead of the big global issues which can sometimes seem so …

A Place for Healing

I have a young granddaughter who has recently spent quite a bit of time in and out of children’s hospitals.  The last time we saw her there, we visited the hospital’s outdoor green space several times.  Each time we went, whether it was a sunny or rainy day, my granddaughter visibly changed, becoming more engaged …

Nature Matters - Part Two

    View from my front porch. Design by Embassy Landscape Group.       One of the physicians that I consulted several years ago kept a copy of the Hippocratic Oath in his office as a reminder to himself of his moral responsibilities to his patients. Adjacent to it he had some additional quotations …

Nature Matters

As part of our on-going commitment to excellence, Embassy Landscape Group and I would like to invite you to join us in exploring current topics and considering vital issues important to the Landscape Industry.  Check Embassy’s website for our semiweekly blogs; we welcome your feedback! My name is Sandra Nelson, and I will be your …