Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture Summer Session

A man using a wheelchair harvests a cucumber from a raised garden bed. A staff person stands nearby to help.

We are delighted to offer another section of our online Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course for Summer 2021. The course runs for 6 weeks starting July 12. Back by popular demand, this is a repeat of the class we offered last fall and spring.

Early bird registration ends July 1, so check it out today. The gift of online learning makes a perfect present as well!

Learn more and register here

Anyone can take this course, whether for personal or professional reasons. It also serves as a foundation for allied health professionals, educators, and master gardeners who want to expand their understanding of the healing benefits of working with plants, and who want to serve others in this role. Future online courses in this field will be offered to complete the training.

Taught by Sally Haskett, Registered Horticultural Therapist with the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Dr. Christine Bradish of NC State University, this 6-week course includes presentations, readings, interactive activities, interviews with practitioners, and virtual tours of programs.

Past Student Comments

“I thought this course was excellent. It was well taught, well attended and well organized. It was an amazing value! I would recommend it in a heartbeat.”

“It is amazing how Horticulture Therapy touches lives, when they need it most. Not only finding a career that is fulfilling and meaningful for the therapist, but also for the people’s lives we touch. It is so needed, by so many of us.”

“This course has set us up for success for the next steps we are wanting to take. As an introduction class it covers everything needed for a solid base and also has a spread of local organizations that are listed for us to look into for further education. The instructors want you to succeed and they make that obvious!”


Early Bird (before July 1): $279
Regular Tuition: $289
Member Discount for Members of NCBG or J.C. Raulston Arboretum: $259
Volunteer & Professional Discount: $239

To obtain a discount code:

  • Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers and extension professionals (regardless of location): Obtain the appropriate code from your local Extension agent. They can request the discount codes by emailing from their work email account.
  • JCRA or NCBG members and volunteers: contact your membership or volunteer coordinator. They can request the discount codes by emailing from their work email account.