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Online Series: Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

March 1 @ 12:00 am


A partnership with the NC State Extension Gardener Program

with Sally Haskett, NCBG Certified Horticultural Therapist, and Dr. Christine Bradish, NC State University, Department of Horticulture 

Class Dates: Monday, March 1, 2021 – Monday, April 12, 2021 (6-week course)

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is partnering with the NC State University Department of Horticultural Science in this exciting new online learning program. The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in an intended series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. Students will gain an overview of historical uses and theoretical foundations for the use of plants and nature for wellness. How therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, will be explored. A discussion of the profession of therapeutic horticulture, related practices, and ways to pursue further study will conclude the teachings. Students will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship, and will be provided with references and resources for further study.

In this course, students will explore how therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, and will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship. This course provides a foundation for health and allied health professionals, other practitioners working with people, and interested individuals to learn about this unique therapeutic method.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet. You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class plus an additional six months after the course ends.

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


  • Early Bird (before February 8): $279
  • Regular Fee: $289
  • Discount for Members of NCBG and JC Raulston Arboretum: $259
    • Contact your membership coordinator for the discount code
  • Volunteer & Professional Discount: $239
    • 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 christine_bradish@ncsu.edu from their work email account.
    • NCBG and JCRA volunteers contact your volunteer coordinator for the discount code. If they do not have the code, ask them to send a request via email to christine_bradish@ncsu.edu from their work email account.

Learn more and register at go.ncsu.edu/therapeutic-hort-online