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Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

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Therapeutic Horticulture

1st Class in the Therapeutic Horticulture Series

Registration is Open

2024 Dates:

January 1 – February 12
April 29 – June 17
August 26 – October 14

NC State University Department of Horticultural Science and the NC Extension Gardener Program have partnered with the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create an exciting new online learning program. The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in a series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. 

In this course, students explore how Therapeutic Horticulture supports human health & wellness, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs. The course structure supports vibrant engagement via discussion threads, and assignment feedback. It provides a unique opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on people/plant relationships. Suitable for anyone interested in learning more about this unique therapeutic method, including allied health professionals and other practitioners. 

A foundational course in Therapeutic Horticulture, the only requirement is internet access for this fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. The 6-week course supports weekly, active, online engagement among students and Instructors. There is open access 24/7 plus an additional six months of resource materials access after the course formally ends.


  • Regular Tuition: $359
  • Discounts:
    • $10 (tuition=$349) – Early Bird  (applied automatically when you register 3 weeks before course start date)
    • $10 (tuition=$349) – Members of JC Raulston Arboretum, or the NC Botanical Garden
      • Contact your membership 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.
    • $30 (tuition=$329) – Volunteers:  JC Raulston Arboretum, NC Botanical Garden, and Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers (regardless of location)
      • Contact your volunteer coordinator/agent 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.
    • $30 (tuition=$329) – Professionals: NC State University and UNC

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.

Scientists in the Garden

About the Class

In this first course, students gain an overview of historical uses and theoretical foundations for the use of plants and nature for wellness. The broad range of populations and locations served are presented, with specific examples from therapeutic horticulture programs in North Carolina. We explore how therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs. Students learn about the profession of therapeutic horticulture, related practices, and ways to pursue further study. Using dynamic interactive forums, students will research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship, and will be provided with references and resources.

We welcome all people who want to learn more about therapeutic horticulture, whether interested for personal enrichment or service to others. If serving others is your goal, the course gives a solid foundation for allied health professionals, master gardeners, and other practitioners to go forward in the field.

Students can watch lectures and fulfill assignments when their schedule permits during the six-week period the class is in session, with two new modules opening up every other 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. 

8 Minute Video Introduction to the Class


In order to register for the course, you must first create an account with REPORTER, the registration system used by NC State for online courses. No worries – its easy and you only have to do this once, no matter how many courses you take. After the first class, you just log into REPORTER and Create a Guest Account or you can click on “Sign in/Sign Up” in the upper right corner of the registration page. It will take you through the steps to create an account. Then you will be set to explore any non-credit course with NC State.
Once you get into Reporter go to the ‘Catalog’ option on the left hand menu and click on it. Then in the search bar for the Catalog page type ‘Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture’. The course should come up with the option to register.
For other Frequently Asked Questions regarding non credit courses with NC State – check out this resource

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