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About Therapeutic Horticulture

 Therapeutic horticulture is the participation in horticultural activities facilitated by a registered horticultural therapist or other professionals with training in the use of horticulture as a therapeutic modality to support program goals. Therapeutic horticulture is the process through which participants enhance their well-being through active or passive involvement in plant and plant-related activities.

American Horticultural Therapy Association

Horticultural therapists have a foundation of knowledge in plant science, human science, and horticultural therapy principles and experience in the application of horticultural therapy practices.

American Horticultural Therapy Association

Program goals include improving the health, quality of life and overall well-being of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Therapeutic horticulture programs may have a vocational, therapeutic, and/or social wellness focus.

They may be designed for rehabilitation, to mitigate chronic health conditions, or to increase psycho-social/emotional health.

Examples of Client Benefits:

  • Increased confidence, self-esteem, and overall wellness

  • Enhanced socialization 

  • Improvement in balance, stamina and range of motion

  • A sense of productivity

  • Increased or preservation of cognitive skills

  • Optimism and joy while mitigating depression and anxiety

  • A feeling of calm and improved positive behavior

  • A sense of inclusion and contribution to community

  • Enhanced quality of life

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