Dept. of Horticulture 
Washington State University 

Human issues in horticulture publications
by Lohr & Pearson-Mims

Klein, L.R., W.G. Hendrix, V.I. Lohr, J.B. Kaytes, R.D. Sayler, M.E. Swanson, W.J. Elliot, and J.P. Reganold  2015Linking ecology and aesthetics in sustainable agricultural landscapes: Lessons from the Palouse region of Washington, U.S.A? Landscape and Urban Planning 134:195-209. Press release

Lohr, V.I. and P.D. Relf.  2014.  Chapter 31:  Horticultural science’s role in meeting the need of urban populations.  In: G.R. Dixon and D.E. Aldous (eds.).  Horticulture – Plants for People and Places. Springer Science & Media, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, p. 1047-1086.
Lohr, V.I.  2013.  Human responses to urban trees.  In: A.G. Brown, K.F. Wells, M. Parsons, and C.M. Kerruish (eds.).  Managing our Forests into the 21st Century.  Proceedings of national conference, Institute of Foresters of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia, p. 202-208.

Lohr, V.I.  2011. Greening the human environment: The untold benefits. Acta Horticulturae 916:159-170  (based on: International Horticultural Congress Invited Colloquium Address, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal). PDF

Lohr, V.I.  2010.  What are the benefits of plants indoors and why do we respond positively to them?  Acta Horticulturae 881(2):675-682  (Invited paper). PDF

Kaufman, A.J. and V.I. Lohr.  2008Does It Matter What Color Tree You Plant? Acta Horticulturae 790:179-184. Abstract
Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2008.  People's response to discomfort in the presence of interior plants or art.  Acta Horticulturae 790:173-178.

Lohr, V.I  2007.  Benefits of nature: What are we learning about why people respond to nature? J. of Physiological Anthropology 26:83-85 (Invited paper).

Lohr, V.I.  2006.  Effects of interior plants on people’s well-being, productivity and pain response.  J. Japanese Soc. of People-Plant Relationships 6(1):3-6 (Invited paper).

Lohr, V.I.  2006.  The beneficial effects of plants on people.  J. Japanese Soc. of People-Plant Relationships 5(2):2-5 (Invited paper).

Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2006.  Responses to scenes with spreading, rounded and conical tree forms. Environment & Behavior 38(5):667-688. Abstract
Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2005. Children's active and passive interactions with plants and gardening influence their attitudes and actions towards trees and the environment as adults. HortTechnology 15:472-476. Abstract

Kaufman, A.J. and V.I. Lohr.  2004.  Does plant color affect emotional and physiological responses to landscapes? Acta Horticulturae 639:229-233

Lohr, V.I.  2004.  Effect of childhood experiences with nature, including planting trees, on adult understanding of trees in cities. Acta Horticulturae 643:183-187. Abstract

Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2004.  The relative influence of childhood activities and demographics on adult appreciation for the role of trees in human well-being. Acta Horticulturae 639:253-259. Abstract

Lohr, V.I., C.H. Pearson-Mims, J. Tarnai, and D.A. Dillman.  2004.  How urban residents rate and rank the benefits and problems associated with trees in cities. J. of Arboriculture 30(1):28-36. Full text PDF

Lohr, V.I., P.D. Relf, and N.E. Looney.  2004.  A focus on human issues in horticulture: An introduction to the opening plenary colloquium - Applying the art and science of horticulture to improving human life quality. Acta Horticulturae 642:69-70. Abstract

Lohr, V.I. 2003. Beyond food and fibre: The civilizing nature of plants. Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists 22nd Congress, Turku, Finland (Invited presentation).
Lohr, V.I. 2003. Effect of childhood experiences with plants on adult appreciation of trees in cities. Nordic Assoc. of Agricultural. Scientists 22nd Congress, Turku, Finland (invited presentation).
Relf, P.D. and V.I. Lohr.  2003.  Human issues in horticulture. HortScience 38:984-993 (Invited ASHS Centennial Paper). Full text PDF

Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2002.  Childhood contact with nature influences adult attitudes and actions towards trees and gardening. IN: C.A. Shoemaker (ed.).  International interaction by design:  Bringing people and plants together for health and well-being, p. 267-277.  Iowa State Press, Ames, IA.

Lohr, V.I.  2000.  Human-horticulture relationships in North and South America. Acta Horticulturae 523:109-114. Abstract

Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2000.  Physical discomfort may be reduced in the presence of interior plants. HortTechnology 10(1):53-58. Abstract
Lohr, V.I., and P.D. Relf.  2000.  An overview of the current state of human issues in horticulture in the United States. HortTechnology 10(1):27-33 (Feature Article). Abstract

Pearson-Mims, C.H. and V.I. Lohr.  2000.  Reported impacts of interior plantscaping in office environments in the United States.  HortTechnology 10(1):82-86. Abstract

Shoemaker, C.A., P.D. Relf, and V.I. Lohr.  2000.  Social science methodologies for studying individual's responses in human issues in horticulture research.  HortTechnology 10(1):87-93. Abstract

Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  1996.  Particulate matter accumulation on horizontal surfaces in interiors: Influence of foliage plants. Atmospheric Environment 30(14):2565-2568. Abstract
Lohr, V.I., C.H. Pearson-Mims, and G.K. Goodwin. 1996. Interior plants may improve worker productivity and reduce stress in a windowless environment. J. of Environmental Horticulture 14(2):97-100. Full text PDF

Lohr, V.I.  1995.  Environmental horticulture industry representatives rank research on the impacts of plants on human health as important. HortTechnology 5:350.

Berge, B. and V.I. Lohr. 1994. Landscape preferences and stress responses of ethnically diverse adolescents. In: M. Francis, P. Lindsey, and J. S. Rice. The healing dimension of people-plant relations: Proceedings of a research symposium, p. 101-113. Univ. of California, Davis, CA.
Lohr, V.I. 1994. Plants and the individual: A recent history. J. Home and Consumer Horticulture 1(2/3):225-230. Abstract
Lohr, V.I. and D. Relf. 1993. Human issues in horticulture: Research priorities. HortTechnology 3:106-7. 
Lohr, V.I. 1992. The contribution of interior plants to relative humidity in an office. In: Diane Relf (ed.). The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development, p. 117-119. Timber Press, Portland, OR. Reprinted in: Interiorscape, 1995, 14(2):50-53.
Lohr, V.I.  1992.  Research on human issues in horticulture motivates students to learn science.  HortTechnology 2:257-259. Abstract
Cotter, D.J., R.E. Gomez, and V.I. Lohr. 1978. Enhancing ASHS efforts at the plant people interface. HortScience 13:216.
Lohr, V.I., D.J. Cotter and R. Moore. 1977. Landscaping and gardening for environmental enhancement and therapy. Bulletin of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta 11:85‑88.

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Washington State University
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