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Gymnast Aly Raisman Flaunts Green Thumb With Colorful Shrub

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By Gary Trock

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is trading flips and tumbling for flowers and tilling as she's developed a major green thumb in her post-gymnastics career. The 26-year-old gold medal champion took to Instagram this week and flaunted her latest floral arrangement that was arranged with plants and flowers that Raisman grew in her own home garden. Proudly displaying her hard work, the retired gymnastics star also discussed how she's been leaning on gardening to help deal with anxiety and stay happy and healthy.

Flower Power

Arrangements of plants and flowers
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"My happy place," Aly Raisman wrote while displaying her latest work of art; a beautiful arrangement of purple, pink and red flowers with healthy-looking plants and a few shiny crystals.

She continued, "I can get lost in arranging flowers. I sit on the floor & I’m in my own world! I like arranging flowers because there is no right or wrong way to do it, whatever feels right & whatever smells I enjoy, I can incorporate."

Raisman has been sharing her journey with gardening over the past year in sponsorship with AeroGarden.

Enjoying the Transformation

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The retired gymnastics star explained how her love of gardening stems from the ever-changing variables offered up by her plant friends.

"I look forward to watching the flowers slowly bloom & watching the bouquet transform in just a few days. No two days are the same in nature & it’s a reminder for me to never take it for granted. I love all of the different colors you can find in nature."

She has previously discussed how gardening has played a role in her mental and emotional well-being.

Life's A Garden, Dig It

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Aly Raisman that everything she has been growing at home is made possible by her partnership with AeroGarden.

"The flowers that I cut from the garden will grow back. Herbs, lettuce, vegetables, flowers grow back so long as you don’t cut too much of the plant. I like using these indoor AeroGardens because the plants grow 5X as fast as an outdoor garden!! It is fun to watch & magical 😉 It is really awesome when I’m growing lettuce or herbs because the food grows back so fast after I pick something & I will also be able to make another flower arrangement soon."

Sounds like Raisman's hobby is in full bloom!

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