About the American Horticultural Therapy Association

Advancing the practice of horticulture as therapy

The American Horticultural Therapy Association is the only US organization committed to promoting and developing the practice of horticultural therapy as a unique and dynamic human service modality. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, AHTA advocates on behalf of the professional interests of horticultural therapy practitioners and strives to increase beneficial outcomes for participants, host facilities, researchers, and educators.

Originally formed in 1973 as the National Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation through Horticulture, the organization adopted its current name in 1987. Throughout its history, AHTA has sustained its founders’ vision to expand and advance the practice of horticultural therapy.

Today, AHTA defines and encourages the pursuit of outstanding standards of practice, disseminates critical knowledge across diverse constituent audiences, and recognizes and promotes excellence in clinical, professional, educational, and research achievement.

Membership is comprised of individuals and organizations from throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and beyond. To learn more about AHTA, its initiatives, resources, and benefits, please explore this website and visit the Membership Benefits page.