Horticultural therapy has evolved from its use only by volunteer gardeners to become a recognized and respected therapeutic modality conducted by trained, registered professionals. Horticultural Therapy Methods is the first textbook to describe the processes and techniques used to provide horticultural therapy interventions and the rationale for their use. This book presents types of programs, settings, and goals in horticultural therapy. It outlines treatment planning; development of sessions to meet treatment objectives; motivation and behavior management techniques; documentation guidelines; practical approaches for wellness; and resources for activity ideas.


New to this Edition:

  • Various useful examples of horticultural therapy in practice and strategically placed tips and resources.
  • Additions to appendix on horticultural therapy treatment strategies.
  • New chapter on session planning.
  • Thirty-seven photographs demonstrating horticultural therapy in practice.
  • Additional "HT Practice" examples and tips.


The book is used as a reference and a guide for students, educators, and those conducting horticultural therapy or therapeutic horticulture to guide them in constructing effective treatment programs. Health care and human service professionals use the reference in the therapy, treatment, and education of inmates, residents, patients, trainees, students, and other participants.

chapter 1|26 pages

The framework

ByRebecca L. Haller

chapter 2|10 pages

Goals and treatment planning: The process

ByRebecca L. Haller

chapter 4|32 pages

Working with program participants: Techniques for therapists, trainers, and program facilitators

ByKaren L. Kennedy, Rebecca L. Haller

chapter 5|14 pages

Planning horticultural therapy treatment sessions

ByKaren L. Kennedy