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Amy L. McFarland

Research investigating the relationship between physical environments and various aspects of quality of life have found that people who live or work near natural areas have improved health and increased levels of satisfaction at home, work, and with life in general. Research has also shown that workers who performed their job function in offices with windows or interior plants had higher job satisfaction. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between the use of green spaces and public gardens in the work place on mental well-being, overall quality of life, and job satisfaction. The sample for this study was drawn from participants who were on the contact list of public garden employees and volunteers for a winter in-service training hosted by the Smithsonian Gardens (Washington, DC). Participants were e-mailed asking for their participation in the survey. An incentive of winning a greenhouse tour was used to improve the response rate. A total of 105 usable surveys were received out of 423 invitations that were sent for a response rate of 24.8%. Participants were asked to respond to questions regarding their work environment, mental well-being, overall quality of life, and job satisfaction. Differences were identified based on whether the participant was a paid employee or unpaid worker. Based on time spent outdoors during the workday, the only difference within the overall group existed with regard to how frequently the participant ate outdoors and their reported mental well-being. On the quality of life questions, differences for the overall sample, the paid group, and the unpaid group were found for having window views of plants or nature. On the job satisfaction question, differences were identified in the overall sample and the paid group for having a window in their immediate office or workplace. Several variables did not identify any statistically significant difference, which might result from this sample being already largely connected to nature due to their employment or volunteer work within a public garden.

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Allen V. Barker

inner cities, suburbs, and surrounding countryside. Sections define traditional and urban horticulture and introduce sociohorticulture, also called human issues in horticulture. Urban horticultural programs are described in paragraphs that are developed

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Natalie Bumgarner, Sheri Dorn, Esther McGinnis, Pam Bennett, Ellen Bauske, Sarada Krishnan and Lucy Bradley

). Previous research focused on health and human issues in horticulture (HIH) and established the beneficial role of plants and the practice of horticulture in a range of therapeutic, educational, and workplace settings ( Relf, 1992 ; Shoemaker et al., 1992

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Sheri Dorn, Lucy Bradley, Debbie Hamrick, Julie Weisenhorn, Pam Bennett, Jill Callabro, Bridget Behe, Ellen Bauske and Natalie Bumgarner

-ecosystem services: Challenges and next steps Basic Appl. Ecol. 16 189 201 Lohr, V.I. Relf, P.D. 2000 An overview of the current state of human issues in horticulture in the United States HortTechnology 10 27 33 Lovell, S.T. Taylor, J.R. 2013 Supplying urban

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Aaron Steil and Robert E. Lyons

Publications Thousand Oaks, CA Phibbs, E.J. Relf, D. 2005 Improving research on youth gardening HortTechnology 15 425 428 Relf, P.D. Lohr, V.I. 2003 Human issues in horticulture HortScience 38 984 993 Rossi, P.H. Lipsey, M.W. Freeman, H.E. 2004 Evaluation. A

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Hui-Mei Chen, Hung-Ming Tu and Chaang-Iuan Ho

(e.g., a valuable way to spend time, an opportunity to relax), and tangible benefits (e.g., enjoying the feeling of producing food, harvesting). Relf and Lohr (2003) reviewed a considerable amount of literature on human issues in horticulture and

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Kimberly R. Hilgers, Cynthia Haynes and Joanne Olson

. Educ. Res. Assn. Annu. Mtg. Montreal April 19–23 1 27 Relf, P.D. Lohr, V.I. 2003 Human issues in horticulture HortScience 38 984 993 Sanders, J. 1997 Teacher education and gender equity. Eric Document Reproduction Serv. no. ED 408277 5 Sept 2007 < http

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author demonstrates potential applications of the technique for human issues in horticulture. LONGEVITY OF GROWTH REGULATOR SOLUTIONS FOR DIPPING LILY BULBS Forcers commonly dip hybrid lily bulbs into growth regulators before planting to reduce final

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Ghazal Tarar, Coleman L. Etheredge, Amy McFarland, Amy Snelgrove, Tina M. Waliczek and Jayne M. Zajicek

metropolitan statistical areas of Texas HortTechnology 22 631 637 Quesnel-Vallee, A. 2007 Self-rated health: Caught in the crossfire of the quest for ‘true’ health? Intl. J. Epidemiol. 36 1161 1164 Relf, D. 1992 Human issues in horticulture HortTechnology 2 159

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populations. Human Issues in Horticulture: People–Plant Relationships Joel Flagler*, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Bergen County, One Bergen County Plaza, 4th Fl., Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076 People respond to plants in many more ways than we are