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The Horticultural Link


What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

Therapeutic Horticulture aims to improve quality of life through programmed horticultural activities. When facilitated through a trained professional, these activities can be targeted to help participants improve their health & functioning and restore their sense of wellbeing. 

What are the benefits of participation in these activities?

Research-based evidence supports that participation in therapeutic horticulture activities provides physical, cognitive, psychological, and social benefits for participants, including:

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Stress reduction
  • Creative expression
  • Opportunities for reminiscing on past memories ... and creating new positive memories too!
  • Improvement of range of motion and fine & gross motor skills
  • Social interaction and the connection with other living beings - humans + plants
  • Lowered blood pressure and anxiety
  • Elevation of mood and self esteem
  • Perspective on life issues through nature's example
  • Cultivates a sense of wonder and awe
  • Instills hope and provides something to look forward to
  • And much more!

Where and to whom are Therapeutic Horticulture activities offered?
Our programs serve diverse groups of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Clients include continuing care communities and day centers for seniors and individuals with disabilities, rehabilitation facilities and medical centers for patients living with or recovering from illness, schools, community centers, senior living communities, social service organizations, and other clinical or community agencies. The general public also benefits!

How can I learn more about the benefits of connecting plants and nature with people? 

Check out our Useful Links page to learn more about the people-plant connection.