Master Gardeners and Horticultural Therapy

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  • 1 Registered Horticultural Therapist; Assistant Professor, Cook College, Rutgers Univ.; Rutgers Univ. Agricultural Agent, Bergen County, N.J.; and Coordinator of Horticultural Therapy, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.

Horticultural therapy programs can benefit from the services of Master Gardeners. Trained through the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardeners are skilled in practical plant sciences and committed to volunteerism. A nationwide survey has determined that 374 Master Gardeners in 21 states are helping to bring structured horticultural activities to individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons, and other special service facilities.

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