A different kind of needle to keep you healthy

A different kind of needle to keep you healthy
Credit: Michel Tremblay
Le bien-être est dans les feuilles
A different kind of needle to keep you healthy

Or you can turn over a new leaf! Although we often take them for granted, trees are essential to our well-being.

We derive a number of quantifiable physiological benefits from these giants of the plant world. To celebrate this, the Botanical Garden created the interpretation trail through the Arboretum, an educational path through the tree collections reminding us how fascinating they are, in addition to being our faithful allies.  

“First of all, they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen,” says Andrée Hallé, Head of the Museology Section at the Botanical Garden. “Basically, without plants, algae and a few bacteria, the Earth would have no oxygen. They’re also temperature regulators. They keep our streets cool in summer and screen us from bitter winds in winter.” 

She quotes a Chinese saying: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second-best time is right now! “A single tree makes a huge difference. Just in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs, the oxygen it produces and the water it releases into the atmosphere, the benefits are undeniable.” Not only that, but it’s been shown that trees increase property values.

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