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AHTA Garden Party Fundraiser

The AHTA Fundraising 2017 Campaign is a Garden Party! AHTA is promoting the Garden Party Fundraising Event during National Horticultural Therapy week, the week of March 19, 2017. All funds will go to AHTA to support the Association’s credentialing efforts. AHTA will provide you with a Garden Party Fundraising Kit that includes all the information to host a garden party. A garden is the basis of many horticultural therapy programs so what a good way to showcase how our profession uses horticulture as therapy. Start planning now! Read more about this exciting opportunity to be involved with AHTA and complete the interest form today. Someone will contact you shortly.

Now Accredited - Chicago Botanic Garden Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program

AHTA is proud to announce that the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program was approved as an accredited certificate training program. It is a pleasure to welcome CBG into AHTA’s cohort of horticultural therapy training sites for many reasons. It provides a much needed site for those living near the Midwest areas of the country as well as offers training in a premiere botanical and enabling garden.

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AHTA Winter Magazine Now Available

For your reading pleasure, the winter edition of the AHTA Magazine is now available!

Highlights of this issue include:

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AHTA Announces New Management

AHTA is very pleased to announce its new management company, SBI Association Management, based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1981 to provide management services to the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, to date, their client list has grown to include national, state, and local organizations including several in the healthcare and landscaping sectors, which will allow them to fully understand our professional needs. SBI is also accredited by the AMC Institute, demonstrating their commitment to developing and implementing industry best practices.

What drew AHTA to select SBI is that it provides a multidisciplinary team of experienced association professionals, support staff and state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Using an integrated services model, AHTA will have access to an array of professionals who have designated expertise in areas such as membership services, marketing, communications and events planning.

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Welcome to our new website!

We invite you to explore our new and improved integrated website and membership database. A few highlights include:

  • A new Member Center with improved navigation and access. Members, make sure to login to update your profile and add an updated headshot photo!
  • A dynamic member-only search tool to find and connect with other AHTA members.
  • An updated event calendar featuring upcoming conferences and events. If you would like to post a regional or allied organization event, please email the office.
  • When it’s time to renew your membership, automatic reminders will be sent with the ability for convenient payment online or by invoice. If your membership is up for renewal, you should have already received a notification from the new system!

We welcome your feedback and hope that AHTA members and members of the public seeking information about Horticultural Therapy find our new site useful.

Save the Date for the 2017 AHTA Annual Conference!

Join us in Burlington, Vermont, September 8-9 (Pretours on September 7) for the 2017 AHTA Annual Conference. Hosted by the Northeast Regional Networking Group, the Conference will bring together horticultural professionals from around the world. Pretours will feature local gardens and programs. Add in the bonus of the Fall "Leaf Peeper" season and you have the perfect combination of networking, education and fun. The conference will be held at the Burlington Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city. 

We will open the hotel room block in January so you can plan ahead! Check the AHTA website often and watch your email for more information.

AHTA Fall Magazine and Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture are Available

The Fall edition of the AHTA Magazine is now available to AHTA Members on the AHTA Member Center. Featuring articles on the First International Conference on Horticultural Therapy and Therapeutic Landscaping in Guangzhou, China, the Therapeutic Use of the Harvest, and a preview of the 2016 AHTA Annual Confernence in St. Louis. The new edition also features a profile of AHTA Member Jennifer Smith, HTR.  The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture is also available to members and non-members. AHTA members may access their free electronic copy of the Journal via the AHTA Members Only page. Hard copies of the Journal are available through CreateSpace at $25 for non-members and members receive a significant discount (approximately 80%!) using the member code found in the member center

AHTA Board of Directors Endorse a Definition of Horticultural Therapist

As the AHTA strives towards certification for horticultural therapists, public awareness of what is, and what is not, a horticultural therapist is essential for professional recognition. The AHTA Board of Directors recently endorsed the definition of horticultural therapist. To advance the profession, it is important that the public recognize horticultural therapists as professionals with specific education, training, and credentials in the use of horticultural for therapy and rehabilitation. Read the full definition here

AHTA Congratulates 3 New HTR's

AHTA offers congratulations to those who have recently completed the requirements for Professional Registration (HTR).  The three AHTA members who have achieved this status are Katherine Brechner, Arleen Ferrara and Ciri Malamud.

HTR is the professional credential for horticultural therapists.  The suffix connotes that the individual has achieved AHTA's standardized measure of excellence in theoretical and applied aspects of horticultural therapy practice.  HTR status further acknowledges the bearer's commitment to the field and conveys reassurance to prospective employers, clients and colleagues.

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