about horticultural therapy
“Horticultural therapy is nature, art, caring, community, ultimately finding peace and joy in the simple act of tending a garden.”
The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) serves as the lead organization that advocates for the professional practice and works to establish and define professional standards, disseminate information and knowledge, and promotes excellence in clinical, professional, educational, and research achievement.
Horticultural therapy is the participation in horticultural activities facilitated by a registered horticultural therapist to achieve specific goals within an established treatment, rehabilitation, or vocational plan. Horticultural therapy is an active process that occurs in the context of an established treatment plan where the process itself is considered the therapeutic activity rather than the end product.
Learn more about therapeutic gardens:
American Society of Landscape Architects; Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network.
Therapeutic Landscapes Network, A resource for gardens and landscapes that promote health and well-being.TherapeuticGarden Characteristics By Teresia Hazen, MED, HTR, QMHP.