Gardening improves life satisfaction

A German study of 500 people found those who spent time in their back garden during lockdown were happiest

Shops are open, restaurants and bars are serving customers, and we're tentatively booking our first holidays. While we adjust to the 'new normal', it's good to know that spending time surrounded by plants, digging in the soil and gardening in our back gardens are all good for the soul. The Germany university of Geisenheim confirmed this in a special lockdown study earlier in the year.

Gardening increases life satisfaction

Gardeners are happier

495 people responded to a survey sent out by the Horticultural Economics team at Geisenheim University. They asked about the importance of gardens and green spaces during the lockdown period in the spring of 2020. Around half of those surveyed have their own garden and the study showed those people were on average more satisfied with their life, ranking 7.4 on a 1 to 10 scale for life satisfaction compared to 6.3 for people without their garden. What's more, over half of garden owners indicated that the garden was more important this year than for previous years. For people without their own garden, public green spaces took their place. There again, their importance was greater this year than last.

Freedom, rest and relaxation

When asked which attributes come to mind in connection with their own garden, “freedom” was by far the most frequently used term. This was followed by “rest” and “relaxation”, which the other respondents also chose for public green spaces. "It is clearly very important that green spaces remain largely accessible during lockdowns, so that the general public can benefit from their positive physical and mental effects," concluded the authors of the study. We couldn't agree more.