Top horticulturist Ellen Mary has launched an online wellbeing studio to help beat the January blues.
She has created an online space dedicated to people, plants and wellbeing to help us better connect with and appreciate nature.
The virtual studio, which launched on Blue Monday, offers a variety of categories, from gardening, food, crafts, books and home, to studio sessions with plants and wellbeing at their core.
It features inspirational stories from experts on a range of topics, such as gardening for wellbeing, how to better appreciate nature walks and how to use herbs and plants for good health.
There’s also a Products section, where people can meet the sellers of exceptional, hand-picked items and receive exclusive discounts.
Ellen has been recognised as one of the Top 5 Women Influencers in Horticulture, and has previously given talks on wellbeing at events such as RHS Chelsea, RHS Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Vegfest UK, and The Handmade Festival as well as talks in garden centres, local garden groups and for individual companies such as Peter Beale’s Roses and has also filmed for the Royal Horticultural Society and been featured in The Times, BBC News and appeared on US TV.
She has studied RHS level 2 principles of horticulture, social and therapeutic horticulture, cognitive behaviour therapy and is also studying wellness coaching, so is able to provide holistic wellbeing guidance with plants and nature at the core as a true expert on the subject.
Ellen has created the online resource following the success of a series of webinars she launched in Summer 2020 which explored how and why we are connected to the natural world, tackling subjects such as “Plants & Nature for Wellbeing”, “Plants for Women’s Wellbeing” and “Growing your own for a Plant Based Diet”.
“The past year has been tough for everyone, and the isolation that many people have faced as a result of Coronavirus has had a huge effect on mental health and wellbeing,” she says.
“I know first-hand the positive effects of connecting to nature and I want to help others regain and develop this connection.
“I was delighted by the success of my webinars last year, and it really highlighted to me how much people are longing to get out and enjoy gardening, nature and growing their own food, and to reap the wellbeing benefits of it.
“I want to help facilitate this reconnection with the natural world to make it easier for everyone, no matter their situation, to benefit from developing a positive relationship with nature, and hope that the launch of the studio will provide an accessible way to do this.”
Access to the studio and its materials is entirely free and will be available throughout the year.