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Your Brain on Plants- How Your Brain Grows with Gardening

September 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

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Presented by

Lindsey Coen-Fernandez & Harolyn Jubar Engelskirchen 


In this session, we will explore the impact of gardening, plant life and nature on your brain. We examine the science of how gardening involves using the prefrontal cortex for decision making and problem solving and how we build new neural pathways to enhance creativity – all of which are essential for cognition and, ultimately improved performance, health and wellness, at work and home.

Key takeaways:

  • Why we think you should care about gardening and how you can increase your IQ.
  • In the know – what science tells us about gardening and the functioning of the brain and how to turn these into an advantage.
  • Time to thrive – how can you use the information to add ‘AWE” to your life. Additionally, how the physical and thoughtful process of gardening reduces stress and adds new dimensions to your brain’s capacity.
  • Happy balance – tap into the options that can immediately impact you no matter where you are in your gardening journey.
  • Undo and redo – how the brain mimics gardening – the constant learn, undo, reapply, relearn process of creating and innovating.

No matter where you are in your gardening journey, you’ll walk away with a new perspective of why taking time to garden is scientifically one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, engage with others and improve your mental acuity. We believe the power of knowledge is sharing it. With this as an ethos Lindsey and Harolyn have collaborated to provide first-hand guidance to you for your garden.


Lindsey Coen-Fernandez 

Lindsey’s mom, 90 years old, is still her “go to gardening coach!” She worked in a nursery, her mother worked in a nursery and, growing up, their vegetable garden was their primary source of fresh produce. Her mom knows the Latin names of plants – Lindsey doesn’t! BUT, her mom never stopped learning and sharing her knowledge. She is the inspiration for Lindsey every day in the garden. Lindsey left the corporate world to grow her own groceries. The result is that her family eats tastier food with no chemicals. She was drawn back to her roots of growing up on a farm. Today she is an urban farmer, home horticulturist and certified permaculture landscape designer. Lindsey’s goal is to work alongside each client to realize their own vision. One plant is all it takes to start. The rest of the story is the clients’ to write. Everyone has it in them to be a gardener.

Harolyn Jubar Engelskirchen 

Harolyn has always had an interest in plants and growing things. Natural science was one of her favorite subjects and she always had a plant growing somewhere. Wherever she found herself, Harolyn would set roots with houseplants that she nurtured and propagated for years at a time. The opportunity to expand her horticulture knowledge and experience came when she transformed a neglected city lot into a vegetable garden of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, and a variety of squash among other herbs and flowers. When urban living turned to suburban living, Harolyn planted her own vegetable gardens. Now that suburban living has turned to rural living, sustainability is her foremost priority; being able to grow all of her veggies and fruits instead of going to the store is her end goal. Having fruit trees on the property, Harolyn needed to learn more about them; therefore, she took a fruit tree education series and joined a group that specialized in pruning for health and production. She currently provides consultation for homeowners in gardening, fruit tree education, and pruning. Throughout Harolyn’s horticultural journey, she always shared her knowledge with others who wanted to learn how to start their own gardens and became a Master Gardener to provide gardening education to the community.

Who Can Attend & Fee 

  • Free for all Basic Members of The Koa Club
  • Event limited to only members of The Koa Club 


Online via Zoom only

Date:  Monday, September 18th, 2023

Time: 10am – 11amPT/11am-12pmMT/12pm-1pmCT/1pm-2pmET 


If you are a woman living boldly, we look forward to having you be a part of our community. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up for free at: Register for The Koa Club – The Koa Club

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September 18, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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