Thanks to the following people for contributing to this paper: Professor Margaret Burchett, Faculty of Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Margaret Armstrong, Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria, Cynthia Carson, Department
David E. Aldous
It has been observed that the process of horticulture can help to heal physical, mental, and social disabilities. Professionally trained horticultural therapists prescribe and administer planting and gardening activities to provide benefits to people of all ages and abilities. Horticultural therapy programs are now commonplace in hospitals, geriatric centers, schools, rehabilitation facilities, community gardens and prisons. One common goal in all of these programs is to help heal, teach and retrain individuals through the use of plants.
As a result of repeated successes, horticulture is being widely accepted as an effective therapeutic tool. Research is underway to measure the effectiveness of horticultural therapy in clinical and correctional settings. Databases are being developed to document and substantiate the beneficial effects of horticulture on human well-being. With such research results we can better understand the value of horticultural therapy in the recovery and rehabilitation processes.
Leigh Anne Starling, Tina Marie Waliczek, Rebecca Haller, Beverly J. Brown, René Malone, and Stephen Mitrione
practitioners must be able to perform safely and competently at the time of licensure or certification” ( Chinn and Hertz, 2010 ). Previous literature on horticultural therapy job analysis has focused on gathering demographic data and exploring relationships
Derrick R. Stowell, J. Mark Fly, William E. Klingeman, Caula A. Beyl, Angela J. Wozencroft, Douglas L. Airhart, and P.J. Snodgrass
Horticultural therapy (HT) is an allied health profession that uses people–plant connections to enhance health care outcomes and improve well-being ( Ascencio, 2018 ; Haller et al., 2019 ; Im et al., 2018 ). Other allied health professions
Joel S. Flagler
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.
Hui He, Yanwei Yu, Jiamin Li, Luyun Hu, and Fan Zhou
Traditional horticultural therapy and diseases. Horticultural therapy is a practice led by trained professionals who use gardening and other tasks to help improve the health of patients. It was used in ancient China and Egypt and emerged before
Bo-Young Kim, Sin-Ae Park, Jong-Eun Song, and Ki-Cheol Son
for outdoor activities was equipped with water lines and was 13.23 m 2 in size. Horticultural therapy program. The purpose of the HT program was to improve attention and sociality of children with intellectual disabilities. Skinner’s behavior
Choong-Ki Lee, Sin-Ae Park, James W. Mjelde, Tae-Kyun Kim, and Jae-Hwan Cho
Horticultural therapy (HT) is the use of gardening-related activities to help achieve treatment and rehabilitation goals ( American Horticultural Therapy Association, n.d. ). Gardening benefits include improved physical and psychosocial health
A-Young Lee, Sin-Ae Park, Hye-Gyeong Park, and Ki-Cheol Son
tasks such as sit to stand, stepping, and stooping are repeatedly performed to recover dynamic balance ( Dean et al., 2007 ; McCloskey and Bulecheck, 2000 ; Rensink et al., 2009 ). Horticultural therapy uses horticultural activities for clients with
Shannon E. Jarrott, Hye Ran Kwack, and Diane Relf
Horticultural therapy (HT) is used across the lifespan with individuals with a wide range of physical, social, and cognitive abilities. Older adults make up a large group of participants in horticultural activities. As the population of older adults grows, more adults face the risk of experiencing a dementing illness. Many families turn to institutional care programs, such as nursing homes and adult day service (ADS) programs, for assistance with the care of their relative with dementia. HT may be an appropriate activity to incorporate into dementia care activity programs, but formal evaluations of such programs are limited. The current study evaluated a 10-week HT program conducted with adults with dementia at an ADS program. Observations indicated that participants engaged in the horticultural activities for greater periods of time than the nonhorticultural activities. Participant affect during the horticultural and nonhorticultural activities was comparable. HT is appropriate for dementia care programs serving adults with a wide range of cognitive, physical, and social needs, and it should be considered as a viable alternative to more typical dementia care program activities.