At the time of this writing, the East Coast of the United States is in the clutches of the second go-round with a “Polar Vortex” (a phrase, until this winter, was unheard of), as well as its forth bout with a major snowstorm. For millions of Americans, cabin fever is descending faster than it did for Jack Torrance, the character who went mad in the novel “The Shining.”
Research has proven that even brief interactions with nature can promote improved cognitive functioning and overall well-being. The cure for cabin fever may be as simple as interacting with nature.
Growing a living wall garden is the perfect way to beat winter blues, and at the same time brighten your home. A vertical garden, or a hanging garden made of living plants, is a fantastic way to turn a drab space into a therapeutic winter retreat. Like hanging art in your home, living walls can help define and personalize any room, bringing cheer to an otherwise dreary day.
Other benefits of living walls:
A green wall can turn any dull and drab space into a bright and inviting environment, inviting a sense of wellbeing. Adding green to your walls can also be a radiant conversation piece when you have guests over.
Improved Air Quality
It has been scientifically proven that foliage can improve air quality. In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These same plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. It’s no coincidence that the Amazon rain forest is often referred to as “the lungs of the world.”
Reduced Noise Levels
One of the lesser-known benefits of a green wall, foliage absorbs and reflects noise, thus buffering background sound in communal areas such as television and family rooms, or reducing noise pollution from outside noise, such as traffic on busy main roads.
If there’s a room in your home you want to make as peaceful and relaxing as possible, a living green wall can help achieve this – not to mention adding a general sense of calm and well-being that comes from only from being around greenery!