Gardening and Loneliness

The Beet: A Podcast For Plant Lovers

12-04-2024 • 14 mins

Mention that you like gardening, and you’ll spark someone’s interest. Occupational Horticulturalist, Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago experiences this with her friends and neighbors on a regular basis. Though gardening can be a solitary practice, it brings people together.

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Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago is a professional garden communicator from Puerto Rico. As the founder of Spanish language gardening platform, she promotes gardening for wellness. She is the author of the new book ¡Verdura! Living a Garden Life, also in Spanish. After earning degrees in Psychology and Public Relations, Perla was certified in Horticulture Therapy from the Chicago Botanic Garden. She popularized the importance of pausing and relaxing through a #GardenBreak. With this hashtag, she shares how to use nature and gardening-based activities to maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
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