We envision a resilient world dependent on the thoughtful cultivation of plants

Botanical Gardens Contribute to Visitors’ Well-Being

Articles: Botanical Gardens Contribute to Visitors’ Well-Being

Kniphofia ‘Orange Flame’ and Athanasia acerosa with Cerro San Luis in the distance. Photo: Kim Snyder

During the summer of 2011, researchers from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, conducted a study at the Leaning Pine Arboretum to look at the effects of botanical garden visits on participants. Following a guided interview script, researchers asked study participants to connect meaningful components of their garden visit with their feelings after the visit and to identify values important to them.

A qualitative research method called Means-End Theory was used in this study. This theory was developed by economists to understand how people create meaning through their uses of products, services, and experiences. Eighty-three visitors—mostly white (86%), ranging in age from 18 to 78, and evenly split by gender (42 females and 41 males)—agreed to participate in recorded interviews.

Researchers then analyzed transcribed interview data to determine which attributes of the garden and garden visit led visitors to obtain their desired values. Analysis revealed that, collectively, the gard...

READ THE WHOLE STORY


Join now to access new headline articles, archives back to 1977, and so much more.

Enjoy this article for FREE:

Articles: Calochortophilia: A Californian’s Love Affair with a Genus by Katherine Renz

If you are already a member, please log in using the form below.

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Social Media

Garden Futurist Podcast

Most Popular

Videos

Topics

Related Posts

Powered By MemberPress WooCommerce Plus Integration

Your free newsletter starts here!

Don’t want to see this pop-up? Members, log-in here.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

The information you provide to Pacific Horticulture is NEVER sold, shared, or rented to others.

Pacific Horticulture generally sends only two newsletters per Month.