About Therapeutic Horticulture
Therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of plants and gardening to support health and wellness. At the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we have offered this unique service to individuals and groups since 1978, ranging from underserved children to elders with limited outdoor access to disenfranchised individuals in our communities.
The practice of therapeutic horticulture has proven to be a valuable complementary service for addressing the wide range of human needs–including emotional, social, physical, and spiritual needs–that can affect our well-being. Activity sessions have been conducted in inclusive settings and led by trained individuals.
The mission of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program is to promote health and healing through positive connections with plants, nature, and people.
The Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture program is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic. We are developing a series of online therapeutic horticulture classes in partnership with the NC State Extension Gardener Program. Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture is the first in the series and is for anyone interested in exploring the field of therapeutic horticulture.
Watch our Horticultural Therapy program on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Science Now