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What is Horticulture Therapy?
Horticulture therapy restores well being, comforts grieving, provides a constructive release for anger and frustration, and relieves depression. Horticulture therapy can also help one reinvent oneself following a sensory or mobility loss.
Horticulture therapy requires the expertise, guidance, and supervision of a certified horticultural therapist. He or she will set specific goals for an individual patient toward a specific desired outcome(s).
How has Horticultural Therapy Been Used?
If you would like to learn more about horticulture therapy, contact your local rehabilitation hospital or the American Horticulture Therapy Society 610-992-0020.
In the Chicagoland area, we're fortunate to have the horticulture therapy resources of the Chicago Botanic Garden in nearby Glencoe, Illinois (including certified classes for practitioners). Click here to visit the CBG website or call: (847) 835-8277; TDD: (847) 835-0790.
This link will take you to a listing of many wonderful books on horticulture therapy, including, accessible and barrier free gardening, outdoor spaces for people with dementia, alzheimer's or strokes, prison horticulture, garden projects for the classroom, gardening for anxiety or with children with autism spectrum disorders, and gardening for victims of abuse.