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Horticultural Therapy Resources

What is horticultural therapy?
Horticultural therapy is the therapeutic use of plants with individuals or groups for the purpose of promoting health and wellness. Horticultural therapy addresses social, psychological, physical and cognitive health outcomes.

What is a horticultural therapist?
A Horticultural therapist is a trained professional who uses horticulture, nature, and related plant activities to assist in the therapy and/or habilitation of people with special needs.

Where do horticultural therapists work?
Many horticultural therapists work as independent consultants, providing horticultural therapy programs in a variety of facilities and with a variety of client/patient groups. Horticultural therapists also work at rehabilitation hospitals, vocational and occupational training centers, psychiatric and mental health clinics, correctional facilities, public and private schools, nursing homes and senior centers, and public gardens.

Recommended reading

Horticultural Therapy links
American Horticultural Therapy Associationwww.ahta.org
The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) is a member organization for horticultural therapists and those interested in horticultural therapy. AHTA is the only professional organization in the U.S. formed to promote and advance the profession of horticultural therapy.

American Society for Landscape Architecture Therapuetic Garden Design Professional Interest Groupwww.asla.org/PPNIndividualHome.aspx
The ASLA Therapuetic Garden Design Professional Interest Group is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of therapuetic gardens.

Thrivewww.thrive.org.uk/
Thrive is a national organization in the United Kingdom that promotes gardening for all through research and training.
Research>HortTherMethBook100pxRebecca L. Haller and Christine L. Kramer, Eds. 2006. Horticultural Therapy Methods: Making Connections in Health Care, Human Service, and Community Programs. Haworth Press.
Research>HortPrinciplesBook100pxSharon P. Simson and Martha C. Straus, Eds. 1998. Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practices. Haworth Press.
Research>SocialandTherHortBook100pxJoe Sempik, Jo Aldridge and Saul Becker. 2003. Social and Therapeutic Horticulture: Evidence and Messages from Research. Thrive with the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University, UK.
Research>HealingGardensBook100pxCooper Marcus, Clare and Marni Barnes, Eds. 1999. Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations. New York: John Wiley & Sons.