Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Horticultural Therapy

  • Theresa L. ScottEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_268-1

Synonyms

Definition

Horticultural therapy describes a process, either active or passive, of purposefully using plants and gardens in therapeutic and rehabilitative activities designed to positively affect a set of defined health outcomes for individuals (e.g., improved mood, improved self-esteem, enhanced social interaction). Horticultural therapy can include hands-on activities, such as potting up plants, or passive involvement such as viewing a garden through an open window and listening to birdsong. The focus is on multisensory experiences and engaging all of the senses. Horticultural therapists are trained professionals who possess knowledge in plant science, human science, and horticultural therapy and are experienced in the application of horticultural therapy practice (American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) 2015; Davis 1997). However, individuals with the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia