Let Nature In
Journaling health and well being with bringing the outdoors inside with
plantscapes, floral arrangements and nature photography
Utah's Magic Fern - Let Nature In
Biophilia is. . .well is simply put a fondness and love of life! The term 'bio' of course means life and 'philia' is an attraction of fondness of or for something. As a young child I have always found biology and science fascinating. I know that I'm not alone. Children are always looking to to solve the unanswered question on their minds and I was no different. I grew-up with the silhouette of mountains with each sunrise and sunset and a drive to the canyon was less than 5 minutes. Although I may have grown up near what you may consider the ultimate nature I benefit and appreciate nature the same as my born and raised cityscape neighbor. Like all types of environments whether they are mountains, fields of gold, or skyscrapers abound there will always be. . .LIFE.
The term was first used by Erich Fromm who described the term biophilia as a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Edward O. Wilson went on to popularize and write about biophilia as the subconscious connections that people seek with the rest of life. Stephen Kellert went on to research and pioneer biophilia design.
This discipline's goal is to improve health and well-being by promoting connections between people and nature in architecture and surrounding areas. Many studies have been completed and the end result is that we as people benefit being near nature in many ways. We are more productive around nature, more creative, more focused and have better overall health mentally and physically. The sound of a river increases attention, a light breeze on your face stimulates your senses as much as a cup of coffee. In work spaces where there is more exposure to nature there is also less absenteeism. And one of the most known studies from NASA is how common houseplants reduce toxins, increase humidity in the air that you breathe.
There are so many ways that you can incorporate nature in your home, office or space without spending much time or money. Nature can also be a much needed help to our ever increasing technological world. Simply letting more light in your environment is not only healthy for you but can save you money by reducing energy consumption and conserves our environment.
So how can you practice the art of biophilia and increase more health into your life? Here are 5 simple ways to experience the beauty of biophilia.
1. Open your curtains or blinds in the day. Perhaps you may think you don't have time as you rush out the door
but that extra light helps those houseplants, people, pets, and also reduces potential bad bacteria and molds
growing into your home or office.
2. Open your windows during times comfortable weather. Even if it is only for a minute or two. Listening to
the sounds of the outdoors is a wonderful way to be in touch with nature even when you live in a beautiful
cityscape. I promise you will hear more than street cars zipping through the city. Birds, bees, the wind rustling
through the trees and human footsteps walking on a path experiencing a journey.(You might even get
lucky with an aromatic rainstorm.
3. Bring a few houseplants or flowers into your space. Many houseplants can tolerate moderate to low light if
you don't have a lot of windows. Snake plants, pothos, philodendron vines are wonderful plants that
reduce toxins, increase humidity and promote a a sense of well-being.
4. Add furniture that is complimentary to nature. A beautiful wood grained coffee table, a landscape photo, a
beautiful flower embroidered pillow on your sofa. Nature is everywhere if you look for it. As research
suggests, it is engrained in our biological make-up to appreciate and seek out nature.
5. listen to nature inspired music. I guarantee you will find plenty of artists who bring nature into their
music. You can also bring an indoor fountain or a beautiful aquarium with fish and soft sounds of bubbles.
I not only decided to be a nature interior designer because there is a economical need for it in our community, I also
believe in the principles of biophilia and sharing the beauty of the earth with those that share time with me. You needn't reach out to me just because you want to bring nature in your surrounding. Reach out because you believe and love letting nature in!
“We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved".
- Stephen R. Kellert
Klover Glazier has been plantscaping and working with interior plants and gardens for over 20 years. Klover opened the Magic Fern Plantscapes in 2002 and enjoys sharing the gift of the outdoors and letting nature in. . . .