Post-Pandemic Urban Garden Trend Enhances Well-Being

I remember the early weeks of the pandemic when parks and trails were closed. Health officials didn’t know exactly how this deadly new virus was spreading, so they blocked millions of city dwellers from their sole access to nature.

Those folks who had gardens on their balconies, rooftops or in courtyards within their building had a wellness asset denied to many. I’m glad we’re well beyond that! Access to nature and nature views are restorative! I wrote about this in my WELLNESS BY DESIGN book, in its newly-published BONUS CHAPTER and in my latest Forbes.com article, which you can read here.

Courtyard garden with concrete planters and benches.

Nature offers physical and mental health benefits
(Photo: Williams New York)



Promotion for Wellness by Design book bonus chapter with original cover featuring kitchen sink with herb holder.

When I wrote my latest book and sent in the final manuscript, I had no idea that a pandemic was going to be hitting us in a matter of weeks. (WELLNESS BY DESIGN published in September 2020 when we were deep into it.)

We’ve experienced a great deal of national crises in the three years since  – including some of the worst wildfires and hurricanes – so I thought a bonus chapter would be helpful for readers. Here are some of the topics that are covered:

  • Adding resilience to your home
  • Insights and benefits of multi-generational living
  • Tips on noise reduction
  • How and why to create flex spaces
  • Importance of access to nature
  • New advances in smart home technology – what’s next!

Click here to find out how to get your FREE copy of the Bonus Chapter!



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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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