It takes a garden

Make a difference in the advancement of the field of horticultural therapy by joining the American Horticultural Therapy Association. There is strength in numbers and as we increase our membership, our voice becomes stronger. Your membership will help support the AHTA's mission to educate others about horticultural therapy, ensuring greater public awareness of, and access to, horticultural therapy. Membership in the AHTA will keep you up to date on the latest in horticultural therapy news, as well as give you access to outstanding educational and networking opportunities.

AHTA has an ambitious slate of goals and initiatives in progress to advance the field. For these to succeed, for us to collectively improve and ensure a solid and secure future for all horticultural therapy professionals, AHTA needs YOU to share your ideas, your experiences, your creativity, and your energy. It takes many plants to make a garden!

Why be part of AHTA?

The membership of AHTA is comprised of individuals who are passionate about the unique benefits of horticultural therapy as a therapeutic modality. Members are committed to the growth of the profession as a creative, highly effective method of rehabilitation and healing for a wide spectrum of populations.

Because AHTA is the sole US organization focused on horticultural therapy as a profession, your membership supports initiatives to elevate standards of practice, broaden recognition and acceptance as an evidence-based therapy, and increase employment opportunities over a wide spectrum of settings and populations.

What level of member are you?

To accommodate the needs of a varied membership base, AHTA now offers six membership categories: Professional, Associate, Student, Retired Professional, Organizational, and Affiliate

The following outlines membership qualifications and benefits. All amounts are in U.S. dollars and memberships are effective for one year from the date you join.

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Professional Membership (HTR, HTM, & HTA only): Has fulfilled requirements for AHTA professional registration. Professional members are required to renew annually at the professional level to maintain their professional registration. Annual Dues: $195

Membership includes:

  • Access to online Members Only resources including marketing and research materials, job postings, and more   
  • Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (published 2x yearly) and AHTA Magazine (published 4x yearly)
  • Receive AHTA email updates
  • Discounted registration fees for AHTA Annual Conference
  • Qualify for GEICO Insurance Programs and 25% Gardener's Supply discount 
  • Access to searchable Members Directory
  • Vote in AHTA elections and/or hold office

Associate Level 1 Membership: Open to all individuals not professionally registered with the AHTA. Annual Dues: $145

Membership includes:

  • Access to online Members Only resources including marketing and research materials, job postings, and more   
  • Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (published 2x yearly) and AHTA Magazine (published 4x yearly)
  • Receive AHTA email updates
  • Discounted registration fees for AHTA Annual Conference
  • Qualify for GEICO Insurance Programs and 25% Gardener's Supply discount 
  • Access to searchable Members Directory
  • Vote in AHTA elections and/or hold office

Associate Level 2 Membership (First Year and Second Year): Open to those individual seeking professional registration who meet the requirements as noted below. Members receive the same benefits as Full Associate Members, but may not vote or hold office. Annual dues are graduated over three years: First Year dues: $65; Second Year dues: $105; followed by Full Associate Member status and dues of $145. To be eligible for this category, First and Second Year Associates are required to be involved in one or more of the following:

  • Currently enrolled in an AHTA accredited horticultural therapy certificate program OR
  • Be attending classes part-time to meet AHTA professional registration requirements OR
  • Have initiated a horticultural therapy internship with an AHTA approved supervisor, to be completed within the next 2 years.

Documentation will be required and will include a college transcript of coursework, proof of enrollment in an HT certificate program, or letter from an approved internship supervisor. Reduced rates for First and Second Year Associates are available only once and must be used in two consecutive years. 


Student Membership: Open to all full-time students enrolled in a university or college degree program (any curriculum). Members must document current full-time enrollment to qualify by providing proof of status to AHTA before membership can be confirmed. Students should include a letter from an advisor or a copy of a current transcript documenting full-time student status during the application process. Annual dues: $55

Membership includes:

  • Access to online Members Only resources including marketing and research materials, job postings, and more
  • Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (published 2x yearly) and the AHTA Magazine (published 4x yearly)
  • Receive AHTA email updates
  • Discounted registration fees for AHTA Annual Conference
  • Qualify for GEICO Insurance Programs and 25% Gardener's Supply discount 
  • Access to searchable Members Directory

Retired Professional Membership: Open to all Professional Members 62 years and older who have retired from the active practice of HT. Member must provide proof of status to AHTA at the time of application before membership can be confirmed. Annual Dues: $55

Membership includes:


Organizational Membership: Open to healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and foundations. Organizational members must designate a single point of contact at the time of application to receive membership benefits. Annual dues: $300

Membership includes:

  • Access to online Members Only resources including marketing and research materials, job postings, and more
  • Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (published 2x yearly) and the AHTA Magazine (published 4x yearly)
  • Opportunity to submit an article describing your organization for the AHTA Magazine
  • Listing of your program course schedule on the AHTA Education web page, updated twice yearly
  • Receive AHTA email updates
  • Qualify for GEICO Insurance Programs and 25% Gardener's Supply discount 
  • One discounted registration fee for AHTA Annual Conference
  • Exhibit space for one informational display at the Annual Conference
  • Opportunity to include information in the onsite registration packets at the Annual Conference
  • One-quarter page ad in the AHTA Annual Conference program
  • Access to searchable Members Directory

Affiliate Membership: Open to nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other organized groups. Affiliate members must designate a single point of contact at the time of application to receive membership benefits. Annual dues: $225

Membership includes:

  • Access to the online Members Only resources including marketing and research materials, job postings, and more
  • Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (published 2x yearly) and the AHTA Magazine (published 4x yearly)
  • An opportunity to submit an article on your organization/business for the AHTA Magazine
  • An opportunity to periodically highlight a product or service on the homepage of the AHTA website
  • Receive AHTA email updates
  • Qualify for GEICO Insurance Programs and 25% Gardener's Supply discount 
  • One discounted registration fee for AHTA Annual Conference and the opportunity to include information in the onsite registration packets
  • Access to searchable Members Directory

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