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Therapeutic Horticulture 2: Program Development

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Therapeutic Horticulture 2: Program Development

Feb 19 – March 31, 2024

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NC State University Department of Horticultural Science and the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC Chapel Hill have partnered to create an exciting online learning program. Therapeutic Horticulture: Program Development is the second in a series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture.

This course will equip students to design therapeutic horticulture treatment interventions for a variety of sites and participant populations. Students will learn to perform foundational participant and site assessments that inform the subsequent stages of a therapeutic horticulture program’s development and management. We will explore using client-centered assessment data to let the program ‘write itself.’ Students will practice developing overarching program and client treatment goals that target specific outcomes. Using dynamic interactive forums with real-world examples, students will research, discuss, and reflect on the multiple facets of TH program development and will be provided with references and resources for further study.

Students can watch lectures and fulfill assignments when their schedule permits during the six weeks the class is in session, with a new module opening up every Monday morning. Despite the asynchronous nature of this course, it is highly recommended that students keep up with lectures and assignments before the next module is introduced since it is possible to fall behind quickly.

While having achieved a record of completion in the Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture class is highly recommended for this class and previously required, registration is now possible for those with a passion for the field of Therapeutic Horticulture who would benefit from this advanced training. Contact us if you have taken a different Introduction to TH course or have other relevant experience that may qualify as a prerequisite. Taking the Intro class in the future will be required for participants wanting to achieve the Certificate of Mastery in Therapeutic Horticulture  – achieved by completing all 4 courses in the online Therapeutic Horticulture series.

Emilee Weaver, the course instructor, has been a professional horticulturist for 23 years in five different states/climates in the U.S. She spent thirteen years as a full-time horticultural therapist and consultant. Stemming from a formalized education in social work, years of in-field horticulture experience, and a horticultural therapy certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute of Denver, she has developed and managed numerous HT programs involving a variety of populations and settings. Most notably, she developed a therapeutic/vocational horticultural therapy program at a high-security treatment facility for adolescent girls, a military veteran reintegration program at Denver Botanic Gardens, and managed an HT program at a 400-bed, state-managed psychiatric hospital in North Carolina. She is the Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager at the NC Botanical Garden. Emilee has spoken at national conferences and symposiums to spread the importance of sound program development practices. She co-authored the HT textbook, “The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy, ” published in 2019. Her contribution to the book focused on HT program development and management principles.

If you have any questions or concerns about registration or the course in general, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact


  • Early Bird (3 weeks before course start date): $399
  • Regular Tuition: $409
  • Volunteer, Member & Professional Discount: $379
    • Volunteers and members, please have your extension agent or volunteer coordinator e-mail  to request the discount code.
    • Extension professionals, contact to receive the discount code.

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