Gardening Secrets: From Color Schemes to Books on Tape

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With Spring around the corner, Simply Audiobooks offers tips on maximizing the therapeutic benefits of tending a garden, starting with adding books on tape to your collection of gardening tools.

Tending a garden will improve more than just your property value. Physical and psychological benefits abound, and can be further enhanced by pairing gardening with a mental stimulant like books on tape, announced Simply Audiobooks.

Today, the act of gardening is being used for educational, therapeutic and recreational purposes. Termed "Horticultural Therapy," this recent area of study examines the curative effects of gardening through the stimulation of sensory perceptions.

"We often get feedback from our members indicating the deeply relaxing effect of listening to audio books while they are out in the garden," said Sharron Jones, manager of Member Services at Simply Audiobooks. "Having a pleasant voice tell you a story while you engage in a nurturing activity seems to intensify the experience."

Preliminary research at the University of Florida has shown that walking through a botanical garden significantly reduces perceived stress levels, while professors at the University of Vermont are examining stress relief through home gardening.

Experts recommend engaging as many senses as possible while gardening, to achieve the maximum therapeutic benefits. Incorporating an aural component heightens the intrinsic value of gardening's mental and emotional connection to nature. The sense of hearing can play a significant role and many gardeners listen to audio books or music to enhance their experience and further decrease stress.

For those who wish to feel a closer connection to Mother Nature while tending to their perennials, Jones recommends listening to nature-themed audio books such as Writer in the Garden and A Walk in the Woods. Both titles are available as books on tape, CD or MP3 at Simply Audiobooks and are appropriate for a variety of listening devices.

Visit Simply Audiobooks' Guide to Gardening for Stress Relief for more information.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America's top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information visit

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