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The American Horticultural Therapy Association advocates on behalf of the professional interests of horticultural therapy practitioners, researchers, and educators. Learn more | AHTA Brochure


AHTA Annual Awards

Nominations accepted through April 23, 2021

AHTA awards and honors excellence in six areas: research; humanitarian service; horticultural therapy program services delivered in a community setting; professional service; therapeutic garden design; and academic achievement. Awards will be presented at the 2021 AHTA/IPPS Joint Annual Conference which will be held virtually this year, October 29–30, 2021.

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2021 Board Nominations

Deadline extended to April 16

The American Horticultural Therapy Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for four (4) open board positions. You may nominate yourself or someone you believe will help steer the course of AHTA into the future. The Director at Large position is a 3-year term that begins at the AHTA Annual Member Meeting in October 2021 and lasts through October 2024.

Nominations will be accepted through April 16, 2021. If you are an individual with expertise in nonprofit management, education, and research, we especially need your help! However, all nominees are welcome! See requirements listed below, and submit a nomination today.

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2021 AHTA/IPPS Joint Annual Conference - Registration Open

This event, now to be held in a virtual format, is set for October 29–30, 2021, and is a joint symposium encompassing the 15th International People Plant Symposium, the 48th American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference, and the 2nd International Symposium on Horticultural Therapies. 

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Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being Webinar Series

The American Horticultural Therapy Association and the International People Plant Council have produced a free webinar series titled, “Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being.”

The series aims to share innovations in the field and highlights efforts to promote health, wellness and quality of life through horticulture. The webinars provide attendees with the opportunity to learn and interact with practitioners, educators, and researchers in diverse locations and regions.

For more information about the webinars, contact Dr. Candice Shoemaker, Kansas State University, at [email protected]. Questions regarding registration for continuing education hours should be addressed to [email protected], with the subject line "Horticulture Webinar Series."

The series is composed of the following four webinars:
Horticulture and the Community
Recording & Information
Date: 9/16/2020
Working Together to Advance the Application of Horticulture to Human Well-being
Recording & Information
Date: 10/21/2020
The Research Evidence
Recording & Information
Date: 2/27/2021
Evidence-based Practice in Horticultural Therapeutic Interventions
Recording & Information
Date: 2/17/2021

The American Horticultural Therapy Association Board of Directors acknowledges the racism and pain that has recently triggered a wave of protest across the country. The AHTA stands united against any form of racism, discrimination, and injustice. We admire and respect the generous work of our Black colleagues. The plants we use in our profession are powerful symbols of community and diversity. The AHTA is committed to ensuring all our diversity and inclusion goals align with our Code of Ethics. As we continue our mission to encourage the pursuit of outstanding standards of practice and disseminate critical knowledge across diverse constituent audiences, we strive to make the pursuit of horticultural therapy equitable, broadly accessible, and universally welcoming. We acknowledge the importance of examining what may stand in the way of becoming a more inclusive field, as diverse as the populations we proudly serve.


AHTA COVID-19 Updates

Updated December 2020

The majority of AHTA members renew at this time of the year. We recognize the many hardships that have stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic and extend our thanks and appreciation for your membership. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties but would like to continue your membership please contact the AHTA Office. We value your membership, and appreciate that you want to stay connected and support the profession of horticultural therapy.

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Make a difference and help advance the profession of horticultural therapy by joining AHTA. Your membership will help support our mission to educate others about horticultural therapy, ensuring greater public awareness and access. Membership keeps you informed about the latest horticultural therapy news, gives you access to outstanding educational and networking opportunities, and more!

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