Indoor Plants Course for Well-being

Indoor Plants Course for Well-being

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This indoor plants course for physical and mental well-being shows plants are not only just good for the environment, shading and cooling when necessary, minimising contaminants, they are also good for us. Apart from boosting our mood, we derive from the aesthetics of plants, indoor plants help improve our physical and mental well-being as reported by Prof Margaret Burchett, renowned Australian plant scientist. Her research over many years has shown that plants capable of growing in low light, or indoors, can improve our health. Studies by NASA (Sims 1990) revealed that indoor plants can eliminate 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours, reduce stress and improve our moods. In this indoor plants course for physical and mental well-being, you will discover that indoor plants in our home and workplace not only improve air quality by reducing CO2, pollutants and increase humidity. Some plants are powerful in healing skin wounds, burns, stings and sunburn. Discover which indoor plants are most effective, where to place them and how to cultivate them successfully.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this indoor plants course you should be able to:

  1. Discern the many health benefits of growing plants indoors, at home or the workplace.
  2. Identify various growth forms of indoor plants capable of growing in low light.
  3. Determine indoor plant choice on the basis of foliage and/or flower.
  4. Locate indoor plants in appropriate environments in the home or workplace.
  5. Create appealing groupings of different indoor plants.
  6. Select suitable containers, potting mix and mulch.
  7. Design various concepts for bottle gardens and terraria.
  8. Use correct methods to water, fertilise, clean and prune your indoor plants.
  9. Eradicate any pests and diseases organically.
  10. Recognise indoor plants that may be injurious to pets.

Course Content

This indoor plants course will cover the following content:

Introduction: Reasons for growing indoor plants at home or the workplace

To increase levels of:
  • Positivity
  • Security
  • Purpose
  • Productivity
  • Creativity
  • Relaxation
  • Restful sleep
To reduce levels of:
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Anger/hostility
  • Absenteeism
  • Dry skin
  • Minor injury
  • Noise

Identification of Plant Growth Forms

  • Upright
  • Bushy
  • Trailing
  • Climbing
  • Standard
  • Architectural
  • Specimen

Indoor Plant Selection

  • Foliage – leaf shape/texture/colour
  • Flowers – shape/colour/season

Indoor Plants for the Home – Location

  • Entrance
  • Hallway
  • Living room
  • Family room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom

IndoorPlants for the Workplace – Location

  • Foyer
  • Partition
  • Desk
  • Corridor
  • Conference room

Grouping Suitable Indoor Plants

  • Form/Foliage/Flowers

Pots and Containers

  • Saucers
  • Potting mix
  • Mulch

Bottle Gardens and Terraria

  • Open
  • Closed
  • Position
  • Maintenance
  • Aftercare

Plant Cultivation

  • Watering
  • Fertilising
  • Pruning

Pests and Disease Control

  • Organic controls

Plants Potentially Harmful to Pets

Course Review

Intended Audience

This Plants Course would appeal to anyone interested in learning not only about the many health benefits of indoor plants in the home and workplace but also how to display and maintain them successfully.

Delivery Style

This Plants Course is delivered in an interactive classroom environment where the attributes of various plants, capable of growing in low light, are displayed and discussed.

About your instructor

Judith Sleijpen

Judith Sleijpen

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years.

As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for Peninsula Living and Northshore Living. She has also published articles in Landscape Contractor and Manager, Better Homes and Gardens, Gardens and Outdoor Living and The Garden Gurus.

Judith is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and a former member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. She is passionate about garden design, plants and bees.

Judith now conducts her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, Gardens, Balconies and Beyond.


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