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Therapeutic Horticulture 4: Program Management

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Therapeutic Horticulture 4: Program Management

Oct 16 – Dec 10, 2023

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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 4: Program Management is the fourth in a series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. 

This six-week course is intended for a wide audience, including allied health
professionals who may want to incorporate plant-based activities into their existing
practices, master gardeners or volunteers, educators and other interested people who work with community members with diverse needs and abilities.

This course will equip students with the ability to manage therapeutic horticulture programs for a wide variety of sites and populations. Students will learn the various duties of a TH program manager, practice developing a program proposal with all necessary elements, and be acquainted with the budget, funding, and marketing skills required for program management. Students will also learn how to document and evaluate a program’s outcomes, as well as how to build program sustainability. Students will research, discuss, and reflect on the multiple facets of TH program management, incorporating their personal strengths into the assignments and will be provided with references and resources to build their competency in program management.

Using dynamic interactive forums with real-world examples, students will research, discuss, and reflect on best practices for program management in therapeutic horticulture. References and resources will be provided for further study.

Course Prerequisites
Foundational knowledge of therapeutic horticulture is a prerequisite for taking this
course. Registrants should have received a Record of Participation or Mastery in:

If you have taken Horticultural Therapy (HT) or Therapeutic Horticulture (TH) course at any of the accredited programs listed on THIS webpage, please email proof of completion to the instructor prior to enrolling in TH4 (contact Emilee Weaver:

Internet access is required for this fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. There is open access 24/7 and the resource materials are available online at no additional cost for six months after the course formally ends. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through the Office of Continuing Education at UNC.

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.

Don’t delay – this class will fill quickly!


  • Regular Tuition: $409
  • Discounts:
    • $10 (tuition=$399) – Early Bird  (applied automatically when you register 3 weeks before course start date)
    • $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
      • 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.
  • 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.