Have you ever wondered why the Disney parks, or any amusement park for that matter, are so perfectly landscaped? The streets and walkways are impeccably clean, the rides are fabulous, the food is fun, the music and marching bands create a lively atmosphere. So why go the extra mile to showcase and maintain such beautiful greenery, manicured gardens, and stunning hanging planters?

Is it just for aesthetics? Not likely. You see, these companies are ‘in the know’ on the importance of providing you with an amazing experience, even when you are hot, tired or hungry amidst all the fun. They want you to be distracted from the long lines, and to smile and focus on the wonder that is about to come with each ride, show, or refreshment. 

It is scientifically proven that people take solace in natural surroundings, and that environmental design impacts health. Specifically, research from Rutgers University shows that flowers create instant delight and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. A Harvard research study demonstrates that the presence of flowers decreases worry and anxiety, and provides a burst of energy to our day.

Next time you are out and about, take notice of the beautiful surroundings of outdoor public venues that help to provide a moment of calm. Be sure to stop and smell the roses — you’ll be glad you did. Then consider your own castle. Visit your local garden center for ideas on how you can create small pops of color in your yard, patio or deck. Stop by your florist to pick up a bunch of cheer for your kitchen counter. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.

Wishing you peace, joy, and flowers!