People Plant Interaction


The People-Plant Interaction (PPI) Section of APGA supports the belief that the level of human interaction with plants through work, play, living environments and learning experiences significantly impacts individual health and happiness and community and societal well-being. With this in mind, the PPI Section seeks a better understanding of how nature and plants influence human cognition and behavior, physical and emotional wellness, our civic and aesthetic culture and the various roles in which public gardens nurture the people-plant connection.

The purpose of the PPI Section is to identify and showcase current research, programming and publications on related people-plant interaction topics for APGA members; to encourage and support networking and collaborative opportunities among APGA members and other public horticulture and university research communities; and to stimulate new research and writing, particularly about the benefits and impacts of APGA-member gardens' programs and services on the broader public. The primary goals of the PPI Section are to implement this effort through 1) collaborations with university research programs and APGA-member gardens, and 2) through the creation of a database on people-plant interaction research publications. Both initiatives can generate article topics and ideas for The Public Garden and support grant-writing efforts of APGA members.

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