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Horticulture therapy is a process of bringing people and plants together for therapeutic benefits

These type of programs use the benefits of nature to make people feel safe, less stressed, more comfortable and even more invigorated. Viewing natural scenes or elements fosters stress recovery by evoking positive feelings, reducing negative emotions. The effort put into gardening also aids in the healing and recovery of physical injury in a less intimidating environment.


The enabling garden adapts to the needs of the gardener, to allow them to work
around or with limitations that would otherwise severely limit or curtail their
enjoyment of a favorite pastime.



Most gardeners clearly recognize that simply doing it is healthy and an easy way to enjoy safe and comfortable physical and mental activity  Gardening includes all three components of exercise: strength, flexibility, and endurance. One can easily adjust the level of intensity and duration while gardening, allowing virtually anyone to safely and comfortably participate to some degree.














Web Sites

The American Horticulture Therapy Association http://www.ahta.org/

National Gardening Association http://assoc.garden.org/about/

Horticultural Therapy Institute   http://www.htinstitute.org/

Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association  http://www.chta.ca/

Wikipedia Definition of Hort Threapy   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horticulture_therapy

Brattleboro Hospice Memorial Garden Pagehttp://www.brattleborohospice.org/garden.htm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden. "Garden Stroll: Children's Garden. http://www.bbg.org/exp/stroll/children.html

Brooklyn Botanic Garden. "Garden Stroll: Fragrance Garden.  http://www.bbg.org/exp/stroll/fragrance.html





Pictures borrowed from hort therapy sites