Plants Make People Happy

April 3, 2020

Elin in the Greenhouse

Yesterday, Garden staff cleared out the greenhouse and donated hundreds of indoor plants to the UW Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Operating Room staff.

The plants had been destined for a (now cancelled) spring plant sale and were suddenly in need of a new purpose.

Elin and her spouse moving plants

Photo Caption: Don’t worry, this is Elin (Garden staff) and Will (Hospital staff), who are married and living in the same household. Otherwise you’d see a healthy 6′ + between them .


Plants make people happy. And we have plants. Lots of plants.

Our team provided virtual guidance on choosing the best plant along with tips for success.

In the words of one of today’s new plant parents, “Thank you. This is the first time I’ve smiled all week.”

Elin video conferencing with someone from UW Hospital

UW Hospital staff member with new plants


by Benjamin Futa | Executive Director