Join Us for a Global Celebration of ‘World Therapeutic Horticulture Day’ on May 18!

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Join us for a global celebration of ‘World Therapeutic Horticulture Day’ on the 18th of May. The day is dedicated to highlighting the many therapeutic benefits of horticulture and gardening, such as improved mental and physical health, as well as their positive impacts on the environment.

Did you know? Therapeutic horticulture is a practice that embraces the healing power of nature to promote physical and emotional well-being. It involves using plants, gardens, and cultivating a sense of connection with nature to help people improve their health, well-being, and quality of life.

There are many reasons to celebrate therapeutic horticulture. First and foremost, it has been shown by over 30 years of research evidence to be an effective approach to help people deal with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. It can also help people improve social skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Moreover, therapeutic horticulture is a sustainable approach to healthcare that also has a positive impact on the environment. It promotes the responsible use of natural resources and encourages the cultivation of plants that provide various benefits, such as cleaner air and water.

Therapeutic horticulture is practiced in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, care homes and community gardens. This makes it a versatile therapy that can be tailored to help people in a whole range of ways.

The role and value of therapeutic horticulture practitioners cannot be underestimated – they are highly skilled, vital allies to health and care professionals.

Therapeutic horticulture is a valuable practice that has a positive impact on both people and the environment. It provides a natural, sustainable, and effective approach to healthcare that deserves to be celebrated and promoted.

Learn more about NC Extension Gardener and North Carolina Botanical Gardens fully online Therapeutic Horticulture Series!