Resources for Participants
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.
Definitions of Programs, Gardens and Professionals