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Educational Programs

Horticulture therapy is a multi-disciplinary profession involved with education, participation, treatment, and integration. The desired benefits from the participation of horticulture therapy are categorized by five perspectives: physical, psychological, social, intellectual and spiritual.

Horticultural therapists are specially educated and trained members of rehabilitation teams (with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other) who involve the client in all phases of gardening. The demand for trained horticultural therapists has prompted universities, colleges, and other organizations to offer degree and certificate programs in the field.

The Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate of Completion is accredited with the American Horticulture Therapy Association. The courses were developed through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. A 16-semester credit sequence of six courses is required for the completion of certificate and can be taken as a degree-awarded program or non-degree-seeking program. It also can be a part of Graduate Minor at Center for Spirituality and Healing, Post Baccalaureate Certificate at Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Certificate in Disability Policy and Services Certificate from Institute on Community Integration.