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Help AHTA Congratulate the 2018 Annual Award Winners

The American Horticultural Therapy Association would like to congratulate the 2018 Annual Awards Winners. Each year, to further our mission to promote and advance the practice of horticultural therapy, AHTA sponsors an annual awards program to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations whose personal initiative and achievement define outstanding performance in the field. Below are the winners for 2018:

Award Recipient
Ann Lane Mavromatis Scholarship Jaime Ascencio
Rhea McCandliss Professional Service Award Lesley L. Fleming, HTR
Therapeutic Garden Design Award  Abe’s Garden
Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award

Masahiro Toyoda, PhD


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AHTA Summer Magazine Available

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

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CNN News Feed article about Horticultural Therapy

Gardening becomes healing with horticultural therapy

It's a warm, sunny morning in Tony Wright's lush backyard in Roswell, Georgia. The retired human-resources manager sits on a folding chair and gazes around in contemplation, surrounded by shade trees and chirping birds. He sips coffee and reads from his 12-step program book, "Daily Reflections." Then he takes a slow walk through his garden, observing how his plants are doing and what they might need.

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Congratulate Your New Directors

Please join the AHTA Board of Directors in congratulating our newly elected and re-elected Directors:

  • Erin Backus, MS, CRC, HTR
  • Tim Garland, RLA
  • Jonathan Irish, MA, LPC, HTR
  • Laura Rumpf, HTR

Thank you to the members who took the time to vote. Join us in October at the AHTA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, to meet your new Board of Directors. 

AHTA Members Featured in Martha Stewart Magazine

April 24, 2018

Here's How Gardening Benefits Your Health
Stay fit, stress less, and make friends in your own yard.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!

The American Horticultural Therapy Association is excited to announce new sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the 2018 Annual ConferenceWe have thoughtfully launched a new program to better connect our supporters with those in the horticultural therapy profession, including horticultural therapy practitioners, researchers, and educators.

A few of the benefits include:

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AHTA Spring Magazine Available

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

Highlights of this issue include:

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HT Week events at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab- Atlanta

HT Week events at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab- Atlanta

Today was the official opening and dedication of our third horticultural therapy greenhouse at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab in Atlanta.  We have three buildings in the Atlanta area.

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Horticultural Therapy Week NJ

“Horticultural Therapy Week NJ” Congressional Proclamation and Citation Awarded to Horticultural Therapist at Somerset County Freeholders

In recognition of New Jersey Horticultural Therapy Week March 18th to 24th, a Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Leonard Lance, R-7 and a Citation to Horticultural Therapist, Laura DePrado, member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, and a Proclamation by the Somerset County Freeholders were presented on March 13th at a meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.   New Jersey Horticultural Therapy Week” celebrates increasing public awareness of the importance of horticultural therapy in improving the quality of life for all, and to increase opportunities for each individual to experience the endless benefits of the people-plant Connection.   DePrado was cited with Commendations and Praise for published article in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture and commitment in raising awareness to Horticultural Therapy.  National Horticultural Therapy Week was established by Congress for the year 2006 to coincide with spring and the Vernal Equinox.  New Jersey is the first and only state to designate a week every year through bipartisan Resolution #12 Co-Sponsored by Senator “Kip” Bateman, R-16, and Senator Joseph Vitale, D-19, and spearheaded by DePrado.

Horticultural Therapy is the time proven practice of utilizing the therapeutic benefits of working in a peaceful garden environment and using horticulture as modality to improve quality of life.  It is practiced through social, vocational and therapeutic programs and successfully empowers individual to achieve their maximum independence in settings such as rehabilitative, hospitals, senior centers, residential, and schools.



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Celebrating Horticultural Therapy Week March 18th to 24th

 Celebrating Horticultural Therapy Week March 18th to 24th

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14th International People Plant Symposium


Request for Proposals - 2018 AHTA Conference

Planting with a Purpose: Engaging in Horticultural Therapy
A request for proposals to present at the
46th American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference

As horticultural therapists and allied health practitioners, we understand the importance of networking with our peers and sharing our ideas, successes, and experiences. Connecting with people from diverse backgrounds, regions, countries, and organizations is key to life-long learning and growing in the field of horticultural therapy. Digging deeper into our profession, learning new and innovative ways to deliver our services, getting our hands dirty, and demonstrating what drives our passion for horticultural therapy are the goals of this year’s AHTA Annual Conference in the nature-rich region of Denver, Colorado.

In this spirit, AHTA is accepting session submissions in the following areas:



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AHTA Winter Magazine Available

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

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AHTA Journal Now Available

For your reading pleasure, the latest issue of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture is now available!

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Are you following AHTA on social media? Follow us on Facebook to see all the great work AHTA members are doing, see photos of recent events and activities, and connect with your AHTA colleagues.

AHTA Fall Magazine Now Available

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

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Freeholders Congratulate Horticultural Therapist on Published Article

Laura DePrado, right, accepts a 2016 Horticultural Therapy Week proclamation from then-Freeholder Director Pat Walsh.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders congratulates horticultural therapist Laura DePrado of Branchburg on her recent article in the American Horticultural Therapy Association’s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture.

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New AHTA Internship Resources and Documents

2017 AHTA Therapy Internship Handbook

AHTA Internship Application with Online Supervision

AHTA Summer Magazine Now Available

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

Highlights of this issue include:

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Are You Hiring?

Remember, AHTA has a job board!

If you're looking for talented, skilled professionals in horticultural therapy, you've come to the right place! Members and non-members can post relevant jobs on the AHTA Job Board, which is available to our over 400 members.

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