People-Plant Council

Linking Horticulture with Human Well-Being

Mission and Strategy

The People-Plant Council (PPC) was formed as a result of the national interdisciplinary symposium, "The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development," held in 1990. The mission of this Council is to document and communicate the effect that plants have on human well-being and improved life-quality. It is carried out through a three-part strategy focusing on the psychological, sociological, physiological, economic, and environmental effects of plants on people:

PPC is not a membership organization, rather a link or affiliation between organizations. Affiliation is open to all organizations within the horticulture and social science communities and allied or interested organizations to include, but not to be limited to: academic and professional associations; trade and commercial associations, and volunteer, civic, amateur and concerned groups. For information on affiliation, write to the PPC.

Benefits of Supporting PPC:

By supporting the People-Plant Council, you will ensure

PPC accepts contributions to support its goals. Contributors include commercial horticultural businesses, public relations and consulting firms, foundations, endowments, and individuals who have a commitment to the mission of the Council and seek to support its goals and fund it's operational strategies.

Researchers, educators, and others, use the services of the People-Plant Council, including a quarterly newsletter, periodic update reports, access to computerized information, and conference/educational program registration with a cost-of-service fee. As this is not a membership organization, individuals can receive the PPC newsletter and other information by submitting their names to the mailing list.

PPC Accomplishment Report: 1990-1995

For its five-year history, the People-Plant Council has many accomplishments:

Funding of these activities has been through volunteer actions and affiliation contributions from industry and professional associations and the sale of the symposium proceedings, bibliographies and videotapes.

To have your name put on the mailing list to receive the
People-Plant Council newsletter, please send your name to:

Dr. Diane Relf,

Office of Environmental Horticulture
Saunders 407
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327

Telephone: (540) 231-6254

Affiliates of PPC

Major Contributors to PPC


on People-Plant Interaction Research

"The fact that we market a product that is good for people's mental and physical well-being places the horticulture industry in an enviable position. The more that our products are used, the better it is for the environment. A leadership role must be taken to encourage and fund research in this area, to communicate research findings to the public, and to establish programs to ensure the application of these research findings."

-- Robert Dolibois, Executive Vice-President
American Association of Nurserymen

"Unfortunately, intuitive arguments in favor of plants usually make little impression on financially pressed local or state governments or on developers concerned with the bottom line. Politicians, faced with urgent problems, such as homelessness or drugs, may dismiss plants as unwarranted luxuries. The lack of research on plant benefits also has tended to reduce spending for plants in other important settings, such as workplaces, healthcare facilities, and outdoor areas of apartment complexes."

-- Roger S. Ulrich, Associate Dean for Research
Texas A&M University

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