The Growing Center Inc.
What Is Horticultural Therapy?
therapy uses live plants and horticulture
Horticultural therapy uses live plants and horticulture activities to improve a Persons mental, physical and spiritual aspects of life. Horticultural therapy is a term that is over simplified and hard to completely explain. This is certainly not a new concept in healing. For centuries the Native Americans have always shown reverence to the connection between man and nature. What is finally happening is our modern society is opening it's eyes to alternative healing techniques. In a world of high tech medicine, which certainly has an important role in health care, we are amazed when we find a therapy so pure and basic as horticultural therapy, to be so beneficial. Horticultural therapy is one of the very few healing processes in which the mind, body and spirit are being restored simultaneously. However, all horticulture activities are not horticultural therapy, just as gardening done by someone who happens to be disabled is not necessarily therapeutic gardening-, or for a robust person walking is not considered physical therapy.
Horticultural therapy is a healing element used to help those lives that have been disrupted by illness, injury, social and economic problems, psychological and development disorders, as well as the aging process.
Horticultural therapy programs are designed to help these individuals improve their abilities to do tasks, and improve their capabilities and help them cope with the changes that have occurred sometimes unexpectedly, in their lives.
The Growing Center
1908 Hoffmansville Road
Frederick, PA 19435
Fax (610) 754-8728