Incorporating Therapeutic Plant Values into your Plant Selection
Nicholas Staddon – Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
Horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. Horticultural therapy techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. Horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In physical rehabilitation, horticultural therapy can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance. Lastly, it is well documented that recovery times after major surgery or other medical trauma, can be shortened by the intervention of Horticultural Therapy.
So at the very heart of Horticultural Therapy are plants and the garden. Join Nicholas Staddon for an introduction into this growing and much used area of opportunity, not only for our profession, but the people and communities that in the end will reap the benefits.
• A basic introduction into Horticultural Therapy and the recipients of the program.
• An overview as to the varied landscapes and gardens that embrace Horticultural Therapy.
• A broad and varied listing and description of plants that are and can be used and applied in Horticultural Therapy.
• Resource information pertaining to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, suggested reading and research material, as well as local resources of information pertaining to the program.