Horticulture Therapy

Gardening is a fine art which connects soul to soil and helps to heal, this can be called as “Horticulture Therapy” – its a form of therapy that utilizes horticultural actions and plants to heal and rehabilitate people with educational, physical, psychological, and social skills. Gardening activities have been shown to improve the body, mind, and spirit of people. Spending time outside is refreshing and seeing plants bloom and grow can make a person mentally healthy by uplifting their spirits. 

Horticultural therapy can offer cognitive and physical benefits to all age group people. Taking care of plants can help improve concentration and memory skills. A person with specially challenged can find great joy planting things and watching them grow. Their self-esteem can improve and their social skills can grow from the socializing in the therapy.

Cultivating plants can make you feel better. For centuries, horticulture has been recognized for its therapeutic effects. The American Horticulture Therapy Association traces the history of this organic treatment back to ancient Egypt where physicians prescribed garden walks for those suffering from “mental disturbance.”

Of course anyone who gardens knows how good it can make you feel. Whether you’re a bit tired, have had a stressful day at work, or are dealing with serious depression or heartbreaking loss, the process of healing through gardening can be powerful. It enables us to take time out from the constant business, noise and over-stimulation of the 24/7 modern world and just be. It’s no wonder that those on the spectrum benefit greatly from any time spent in the great outdoors. being outside is of enormous benefit, it really helps them to process their feelings and emotionally regulate...

Gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit of those people for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. It is currently being used in hospital, rehabilitation centres, disability services, aged care facilities and a range of community settings, including people’s homes and community gardens.

Horticulture Therapy utilizes many different disciplines and draws upon many different fields including, but not limited to:

Aged Care
Disability Services
Occupational Therapy
Diversional & Recreation Therapy
Landscape Architecture

The healing power of plants is acknowledged in both primitive and advanced civilizations throughout the world. During the Middle Ages, monastery hospitals cultivated therapy gardens. Many of the plants were used for medicine, but the primary purpose was to brighten melancholy moods.