Frequently Asked Questions
What is horticultural therapy?
With horticultural therapy (HT), gardening becomes healing. HT is a holistic therapeutic modality that uses plants and gardening activities to help client's achieve wellness goals. HT is practised by a registered professional and can be used with a diverse range of populations and ages. Therapeutic horticulture (TH) is a less formal version, but both employ the use of nature to increase well-being. Research indicates the benefits in a variety of healthcare, community, school and rehabilitative settings. Simply put, HT and TH are 'plant therapy'.
What are the benefits of 'plant therapy'?
Gardening can benefit anyone - it helps clear the mind and release "feel good" brain chemicals. Research shows that HT and TH can improve quality of life especially for those facing barriers to healthy living (such as dementia, post-traumatic stress, substance use and mental health struggles). There are many benefits; some of which are: improvement in mood, reduction in stress/anxiety/depression, increased attention span, and boosting self-esteem/skills, to name a few.
Do you offer tailored programs?
Yes! I can tailor any presentation, workshop, or program to fit you or your group's needs and interests. Both my garden education and therapeutic programs can be adapted to suit the developmental needs across the lifespan from elementary aged children to elderly folks.
What about garden programs during the winter?
We can bring gardening to you during the winter months. Get in touch!