Sherman Gardens’ Lunch & Lecture presents program on Nature Rx 

On select Fridays of every month, Sherman Gardens, in partnership with Cafe Jardin, features a horticulture speaker combined with a delicious lunch...the perfect way to end the week.

On Friday, Feb.14, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sherman Gardens proudly features Dr. Donald A. Rakow, who will speak on “Nature RX: Improving College-Student Mental Health.”

Life today is full of stressors, and this is especially true for college and university students. To improve students’ mental and physical well-being, Rakow, an associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell, recommends a prescription of fresh air.

Sherman Gardens' Lunch & Lecture Donald Rakow

Courtesy of Sherman Library & Gardens

Dr. Donald Rakow, assistant professor Cornell University

In a book coauthored with Gregory T. Eells, Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health (Cornell University Press, 2019), Rakow argues that campus programs encouraging students to spend more time outdoors can reduce the stress and anxiety of academic, social and relationship pressures, particularly for those also dealing with mental health issues, trauma, or substance abuse. In this Lunch & Lecture Series, Rakow will discuss the value of Nature Rx programs and present a step-by-step formula for constructing and sustaining them on college campuses.

Reservations are required. Cost for Advanced Reservations: Friends Lunch & Lecture - $30; Non-Member Lunch & Lecture - $40; Friends Lecture Only - Free (RSVPs are appreciated); Non-Member Lecture Only - $5. Lunch will be served during the lecture. Day of Walk-Ins

For more information, including reservations, click here.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.