New Course in Therapeutic Hort Program Development Starts January 10!

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NEW Course in Therapeutic Horticulture

Program Development Starts January 10, 2022

Registration & More Info

NC State University Department of Horticultural Science and the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill have partnered to create an exciting online learning program. Therapeutic Horticulture: Program Development is the second in a series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. 

This course will equip students with the ability to design therapeutic horticulture treatment interventions for a wide variety of sites and participant populations. Students will learn how to perform foundational participant and site assessments that inform the subsequent stages of a therapeutic horticulture program’s development and management. We will explore the concept of “form follows function” and discover how to use client-centered assessment data to let the program ‘write itself.’ Students will practice developing overarching program and client treatment goals that target specific outcomes and become acquainted with various documentation and evaluation tools that ensure program efficacy and accountability. Using dynamic interactive forums with real-world examples, students will research, discuss, and reflect on the multiple facets of TH program development, and will be provided with references and resources for further study.

In order to enroll in this course, students must achieve a record of “Mastery” in the first course, Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis based on previous formal training and practice of Therapeutic Horticulture or Horticulture Therapy.

Students can watch lectures and fulfill assignments when their schedule permits during the six-week period the class is in session, with a new module opening up every Monday morning. Despite the asynchronous nature of this course, it is highly recommended that students keep up with lectures and assignments before the next module is introduced since it is possible to fall behind quickly.


  • Early Bird: $399
  • Regular Tuition: $409
  • Volunteer & Member Discount: $379
    • For Master Gardener℠ volunteers (regardless of location),  or Extension professionals. Contact your Extension agent for the discount code. If your agent does not have the code, have them send an email to from their work email account to request the discount code.
    • For JCRA or NCBG volunteers and members, contact your volunteer coordinator for the discount code. If they do not have the code, ask them to send a request via email to from their work email account.
  • Payment Plan Option 
    • Available upon registration for this course, with $200 due at the time of enrollment and the remaining balance due 14 days before the course begins.