With the hallways bustling with countless clubs to sign up for during the week of the Involvement Fair, some students may have missed a very interesting new one: the Horticulture Club. The club is a low-pressure club that meets every other Thursday and gives students the opportunity to garden to their heart’s content in a welcoming environment.
This new club, with presidents Mya Oldale ’21, Teresa Shahin ’21 and Lucy Belknap ’21, has attracted around 60 students by exhibiting an aim to introduce people of all kinds to planting. In addition, growing all sorts of vegetables and plants exposes them to a hobby that many find relaxing or a way to get away from the stresses of their everyday lives.
“You get joy…out of making something and being able to use what you’ve made… there’s something nice about that,” Belknap said. “It feels really rewarding.”
A recent study in the Netherlands, cited by CNN, found lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in a group of people who were instructed to garden for 30 minutes, than in another group who were instructed to read for 30 minutes.