#StayPlanted Initiative Encourages People to Stay "Planted" at Home During Shelter-in-Place

Submitted by rudyarispe on April 29, 2020 - 10:46pm

It's no secret that plants are known to have a positive effect on a person's mood and disposition since greenery sprouts great mental health benefits.

With that in mind, as well as to remind individuals to continue to shelter-in-place and practice social distancing, a coalition of interior plantscapers recently launched a #StayPlanted initiative to remind you to stay "planted" at home.

As part of #StayPlanted, people are encouraged to place plants of any size that will fit in their windows and share pictures on social media of how having greenery has been beneficial during stay-at-home orders, said Mike Senneff, president of Green Plants for Green Buildings and CEO of Natura, a company dedicated to enhancing the built environment with green spaces.

“Most people love their indoor plants for how they look, but many don’t realize the huge health benefits that come from access to plants and greenery,” Senneff said, adding that studies have shown that plants can help reduce stress and symptoms of depression, as well as improve mood and concentration.

The #StayPlanted initiative started to highlight another creative way for people to stay positive during shelter-in-place and social distancing directives. As more individuals are literally “planted” at home, maintaining individual health and well-being has become a much bigger priority.

 “During these uncertain times, it is extremely comforting to me to be surrounded by fresh indoor plants,” said Julie Davis Farrow, CEO and founder of Plantscapers. “They keep me happy, motivated, and make me smile.”

 The #StayPlanted initiative has also revealed how plants can provide green-leafed companionship during social isolation. After all, many people do talk to their plants.

 By placing plants in windows and sharing pictures and personal stories, #StayPlanted hopes to provide encouragement to others to shelter-in-place while sharing a bit of joy.

“As we shelter, I hope more people take the opportunity to adopt a plant or give a plant to someone who needs cheer,” said Denise Godfrey, second generation owner of Olive Hill Greenhouses. “In giving a plant, we not only celebrate living but we also share life.”

 Share your own story, and follow the #StayPlanted hashtag for more personal stories and updates.