During the global pandemic many people have been spending a majority of their time indoors, staring at TVs, computers and cellphones while being bombarded by endless news cycles, online meetings, email and more. This has left many of us feeling the need for an outlet to disconnect from the virtual world and find new ways to connect with the natural world around us.

In this time of fear and uncertainty, people are going back to the land — more or less. Gardening might just be overtaking sourdough baking, TV binging and playing Animal Crossing as our favorite pandemic coping mechanism.

The coronavirus set off a global gardening boom that’s been compared to the Victory Gardens of World Wars I and II, in which American and British citizens grew food to support the war effort and to feed their families.

If you have been looking for ways to improve the design of your garden and outdoor space to cultivate more meaning and connection, we recommend reading this interesting Houzz article on 10 ways to connect with nature in your garden.


A well-planned garden design should reflect the personal style and needs of its owner, but it should also give the garden a sense of belonging within its surroundings. Spending time in the garden can awaken the senses of touch, smell, and taste, and provide an important outlet to unplug from our increasingly digital world.

If you have any creative ideas for adding a personal touch to create more connection and meaning we would love to hear from you in the comments below.