Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a professionally conducted client-centered treatment that utilizes gardening and horticultural activities to meet specific therapeutic or rehabilitative goals.

HT has been used to improve:

  • Physical condition and patient health management
  • Mental health and social adjustment
  • Recreational and leisure options
  • Educational training and occupational status
  • Intellectual, psychological and social well being. 

HT is unique in its composition as it is non-threatening in its appearance, flexible in its application; cost effective and valuable in its use. It occupies a necessary position within the healthcare realm beside the occupational and physical therapist as part of an interdisciplinary medical team to benefit the patient’s overall health.

What does a Horticultural Therapist do?

A horticultural therapist uses the knowledge of plants and gardening, greenhouse and floristry skills as a tool to develop a structured, purposeful program that meets specific therapeutic and rehabilitative goals for individuals or groups.  

How can HT help ME??

  • Enhance quality of life
  • Increase physical mobility
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Stimulate memory
  • Reduce Stress
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Increase sense of control
  • Improve personal satisfaction
  • Improve immune response
  • Promote physical health