What is horticultural therapy?

Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural therapy is a gentle sensory therapeutic practice which uses plants and nature to support wellness, restoration and personal growth. It is a centuries old practice which is support by contemporary research. It can be facilitated very effectively on a one-to-one basis or in small groups on a year round basis.

 

Horticultural Therapy is suitable for people from all ages children, teenagers and adults of any age. It can benefit people experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress in one-to-one sessions, or as part of a structured program in day services, health care settings, schools, wellbeing promotion or as part of community development.

 

Each program is tailored to the needs of the individual / group and goals may include:

 

  • fostering positive relationships with self, within / between groups
  • supporting emotional health following bereavement, health challenge or life transition/change
  • increasing social interaction, developing meaningful leisure and/or self care activities
  • assist in maintaining/regaining physical and cognitive skills
  • improving social and communication skills
  • supporting developmentally appropriate communication, social and behavioural skills
  • supporting self care and stress management strategies

What are the benefits of Horticultural Therapy?

There are many benefits associated with horticultural therapy.

Everyday we are reminded of the impactful nature of the practice. Sessions can evoke hugely positive feelings of connection, belonging and calm. It is a nurturing and gentle practice which supports people in:

 

  • experiencing psychological restoration and increased general mental wellbeing
  • improved self-esteem, confidence and mood
  • increased attentional capacity and cognition
  • improved happiness, satisfaction and quality of life
  • sense of peace, calm and restoration
  • feelings of safety and security
A visual representation of the benefits of horticultural therapy