National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) Bi-Weekly Tuesday Conference Call Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Attending: Gail, Rick, Debbie, Pam, Julie, Casey, Ellen, Marisol, Suzi, Shannon 1) NICH Meeting Update (Ellen) a. Date: …
Growing a healthy world through plants, gardens, and landscapes.
Use stakeholder partnerships to increase the percentage of U.S. households participating in Consumer Horticulture to 90 % by 2025.
NICH Releases The Power of Plants: Enriching Lives, Creating Jobs, Building Wealth, Saving Money
The benefits of consumer horticulture are spotlighted in “#PlantsDoThat, Horticulture: The Art, Science, & Business of Plants,” from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).
As the #PlantsDoThat infographic shows, plants benefit society in many ways:
- Plants in the workplace reduce employee sick time by 14%
- Well-landscaped homes are more valuable; since homes represent 25% of personal wealth, outdoor plants pack a powerful personal finance punch
- American’s are growing more of their own food—25% of all Americans grow berries, veggies or fruit trees
- Shaded roadways save 60% of repaving costs
- America’s public gardens generate $2.3 billion in tourism spending
The #PlantsDoThat infographic was developed by the NICH Economic Committee using data gathered by Dr. Charlie Hall, the Ellison Endowed Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University. It’s the first of a number of infographics to showcase the growing evidence base of the power of plants to improve life.
The infographic series is available to companies, institutions and individuals for use in outreach to horticulture industry and non-industry members to grow a healthy world through plants, gardens, and landscapes.