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Therapeutic Horticulture 2: Program Development

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2nd Class in the Therapeutic Horticulture Series

Feb 17 – March 30, 2025

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 an 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.

Foundational knowledge of therapeutic horticulture is a prerequisite for taking this course. Registrants should have received a Certificate of Participation or Mastery in: TH1: Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture.

If you have taken an Introduction to HT or TH course at any of the accredited programs listed on THIS webpage, please email proof of completion to the instructor prior to enrolling in TH2 (contact Emilee Weaver:

Students can watch lectures and fulfill assignments when their schedule permits during the 7-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.

TH2 Course Outline


  • Regular Tuition: $409
  • Discounts:
    • $10 (tuition=$399) – Early Bird  (applied automatically when you register early)
    • $10 (tuition=$399) – Members of JC Raulston Arboretum, or the NC Botanical Garden
    • $30 (tuition=$379) – Volunteers:  JC Raulston Arboretum, NC Botanical Garden, and Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers (regardless of location)
    • $30 (tuition=$379) – Professionals: NC State University and UNC
      • For membership discounts send an email to from your work email account to request the discount code.
  • 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.