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Horticultural therapy (HT) can address the physical, psychological, vocational and emotional needs of wide range of participants in a varierty of settings. HT programs are professionally conducted and use gardening and plant-realted activities as a means toward acheiving goals of rehabilitation and wellness.

HT programs may take place in:

  • Retirement communities to address the needs of the elderly.
  • Medical facilties for healing of specific physical or mental conditions such as stroke, burns, depression or substance abuse.
  • Schools for vocational training or development of basic skills for special needs or at-risk students.
  • Hospice centers to address the emotional needs of families.
  • Prisons for training of inmates
  • Farms and nurseries for vocational training for those with developmental disabilites.
  • Public gardens to a wide range of clients to improve physical, emotional and social issues.
  • Horticultural therapy activities are usually conducted over a period of time and may include tending gardens, working in nurseries or propagating plants.Horticultural therapists are trained in horticulture, social sciences and with specific training in horticultural therapy. HTR is a designation given to horticultural therapists who have met all the criteria established by the American Horticultural Therapy Association, www.ahta.org.
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