University Presentation Showcase: Graduate Division

Project Title

The Benefits of Horticulture Therapy

Presenter Hometown

Elkton, KY

Major

Recreation & Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Dr. Brian Clark

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

The American Horticulture Therapy Association defines horticulture therapy as “the participation in horticultural activities facilitated by a registered horticultural therapist to achieve specific goals within an established treatment, rehabilitation, or vocational plan” (Williams, n.d). Horticulture therapy has several physical, mental and social benefits such as memory, team-building skills, and problem-solving skills. Developed by the “Father of American Psychiatry” Dr. Benjamin Rush, horticulture therapy began as a program to help veterans. It has now grown into a popular intervention to help with many diagnoses. Though horticulture therapy is its own discipline, therapeutic recreation professionals can also take part in this intervention. The purpose of this research is to show the benefits of using horticulture therapy as an intervention, as well as to explore this popular and growing therapeutic field.

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The Benefits of Horticulture Therapy

The American Horticulture Therapy Association defines horticulture therapy as “the participation in horticultural activities facilitated by a registered horticultural therapist to achieve specific goals within an established treatment, rehabilitation, or vocational plan” (Williams, n.d). Horticulture therapy has several physical, mental and social benefits such as memory, team-building skills, and problem-solving skills. Developed by the “Father of American Psychiatry” Dr. Benjamin Rush, horticulture therapy began as a program to help veterans. It has now grown into a popular intervention to help with many diagnoses. Though horticulture therapy is its own discipline, therapeutic recreation professionals can also take part in this intervention. The purpose of this research is to show the benefits of using horticulture therapy as an intervention, as well as to explore this popular and growing therapeutic field.