What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

Published February 19, 2023 by Joyce
Blueberry bushes
Picking the blueberries in midsummer is a delicious example of Therapeutic Horticulture.

From the beginning of time, gardens have been created for social interaction, spiritual retreat, physical convalescence as well as medicinal herbs and foods. Therapeutic Horticulture is the deliberate use of the connection between humans and Nature. 

Countless times, when ordinary or extraordinary stresses weighed on me, I have said, “I need some garden therapy.” I pull some weeds, pick some radishes or simply walk amidst the plants and my mind comes to peace.

A planted vegetable garden
Creating order in the garden can quell feelings of internal chaos

Therapeutic Horticulture is based on the understanding that spending time with plants helps to bridge the perceived separation between humans and nature. Humans evolved with nature. When we feel separate from it, we experience less resilience and peace. We lose touch with a connection that can nurture, soothe, inspire and repair our lives. 

Scientific study has proven the effectiveness of time spent with plants.

One of the best things about this simple method for bringing health and healing into our lives is its accessibility. All you need bring is your attention.

Drop us a line and tell us how plants and gardens soothe, inspire, energize and heal your life. 

Ask a question about how to get started implementing this inexpensive, effective healing method in your life. 

Or contact us about running a program in your school or facility.

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