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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.

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Horticultural Therapy links:

American Horticultural Therapy Association  www.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 Group  www.asla.org/PPNIndividualHome.aspx
The ASLA Therapuetic Garden Design Professional Interest Group is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of therapuetic gardens.

Thrive  www.thrive.org.uk/
Thrive is a national organization in the United Kingdom that promotes gardening for all through research and training.