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The NC State  Extension Gardener Program has partnered with the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create an exciting Therapeutic Horticulture, fully online, self-paced, learning program teaching the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture.

The courses are structured to support vibrant engagement via discussion threads, and assignment feedback. They provide an exciting opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on people/plant relationships and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about this effective therapeutic method, including allied health professionals and other practitioners.

The second course equips students with the ability to design therapeutic horticulture treatment interventions for a wide variety of sites and participant populations.

The third course takes a deep dive on how to utilize your therapeutic horticulture skills in working with different populations of participants.

The fourth course will provide an overview of how to manage a therapeutic horticulture program.

Students who complete all of the courses at either the Mastery or Participation level will receive a Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture.

It is important to note that the Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture that will be awarded upon successful completion of all four courses in this online series is not the same as a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy. Only those who have received a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from a program that has been accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) are eligible to apply for registration as a Horticultural Therapist. This Online Therapeutic Horticulture program is not accredited by AHTA and as a result, graduates of the program are eligible to be called “Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners” or “Therapeutic Horticulturists” rather than  “Horticultural Therapists.” More discussion on this distinction is provided in Module 5 of the introductory course in this series. This table summarizes the main differences between these two very closely aligned fields.

Learn more about each course at the course links below.

  1. Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture
  2. Therapeutic Horticulture Program Development  (course 1 is a prerequisite)
  3. Accommodating Diverse Populations (Course 1 is a prerequisite)
  4. Program Management (Courses 1-3 are prerequisites)