AHTA Fall Magazine Now Available

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

Highlights of this issue include:

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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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AHTA Definitions and Positions Paper

The Board approved the revised and updated AHTA Definitions and Positions Paper. Since the first publication in 1997, AHTA has continued to work toward defining the profession of horticultural therapy and striving toward professional identity. The updated paper reflects the core definitions directly in support of horticultural therapy. View the updated AHTA Definitions and Positions.

Somerset Mental Health Center Kicks off “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies”

Somerset Mental Health Center Kicks off “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies”

Anew Wellness specializing in innovative approaches to mental health, is excited to announce Summer of Wellness Program, “Health Minds, Healthy Bodies”, featuring Horticultural Therapy with Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC. Anew Wellness is committed to innovative approaches to create a path to wellness for individuals and families experiencing mental and behavioral challenges for adults and adolescents. A Kick-off reception will be held Tuesday June 27th, 1:00 to 3:00, 270 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, featuring special guests New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman R-16th District.

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AHTA Journal Archive

Did you know that your AHTA membership gives you access to archives of the Journal of Therapeutic HorticultureThe Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (JTH) is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the AHTA. Published regularly since 1986, it is internationally regarded as the premiere publication in the field of horticultural therapy. As an AHTA member, you receive access to the journal for free.

The journal archives are located in the Member Center. In order to access them, a member log-in is required. 

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2017 AHTA Conference Registration Now Open

Join us in Burlington, Vermont, for the 2017 AHTA Annual Conference. Hosted by the Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network, the conference will bring together attendees 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. 

Learn more and sign up today!

AHTA Spring 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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Applications Now Available for Therapeutic Garden Grants

DOWNERS GROVE, IL (April 25, 2017) – In 2017, National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are partnering to provide $5,000 in grant money to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is a leader in breeding vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. They are committed to supporting organizations throughout North America to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives.

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Featured in the News- Laura DePrado honored with Chairman's Award

Laura DePrado of Branchburg in Somerset County, NJ, and president of Final Touch Plantscaping LLC received the Chairman's Award from the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly at the State Capitol, here, during celebration of Horticultural Therapy Week New Jersey. The award was presented by Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak (D-1), chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, at the display showcasing horticultural therapy in Goldfinch Square.

Read more about Laura DePrado and the Chairman Award, here!


Become an AHTA Conference Sponsor/Donor

2017 Conference Sponsorship

Are you interested in receiving valuable exposure for your company's brand? Consider taking advantage of AHTA's multiple sponsorship opportunities for 2017. AHTA is pleased to offer sponsorship packages that will allow you to maximize your experience at the AHTA conference and beyond. If you have any questions about sponsorship, contact us at [email protected].

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AHTA Professional Registration Updates

Recently the AHTA Board of Directors voted to change the professional registration requirement regarding horticultural therapy coursework to allow for consistency with the AHTA Accredited Certificate Programs coursework.

These accredited horticultural therapy programs offer future practitioners an important pathway to becoming professionally registered. While each program is unique in course titles and credit quantity, their requirements must be aligned to meet those within the professional registration process.

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Featured in the News - A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

The Horticultural Therapy program at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab in Atlanta has been featured in the news! Check out some recent television interviews:

GardenSMART features A.G. Rhodes

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Call for Nominations - AHTA Annual Awards

To further its mission to promote and advance the practice of horticultural therapy as a therapeutic intervention and rehabilitative modality, 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.

AHTA awards and honors excellence in seven areas: research; humanitarian service; publication of a book, paper, or research; horticultural therapy program services delivered in a community setting; professional service; therapeutic garden design; and academic achievement. Awards are presented at the AHTA Annual Conference held each fall.

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AHTA 2017 Annual Conference Video

Charles A. Lewis Award - Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award. This award is in honor of Charles A. Lewis, a pioneer in the field of people-plant interaction and innovative horticultural programs throughout the community.

This award is given to a research scientist or research scientists who have published outstanding horticultural therapy research in a horticultural or medical journal. It recognizes contributions to evidence-based research that demonstrates the effectiveness of horticultural therapy and serves to increase the awareness of research-based findings supporting the health benefits offered through horticulture.

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Call for Board Nominations 2017

The AHTA Board of Directors is seeking nominations for three (3) open board positions, each for a three (3) year term on the board. You may nominate yourself or someone who you believe would help steer the course of AHTA for the future. All nominees must be a member in good standing with AHTA.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate? Take a look at the full requirements. Nominations are open to AHTA members only.

Latest Issue of the AHTA Journal Now Available

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

Highlights of this issue include:

  • An Exploratory Study on the Effect of Horticultural Therapy for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • The Impact of Green Exercise on Volunteers’ Mental Health and Wellbeing – Findings from a Community Project in a Woodland Setting
  • Case Study - Michelle
  • Case Study - Harry
  • Case Study - Master D.
  • Case Study - Dorothy
  • Lighthouse Community School: A Case Study of a School for Behaviorally Challenged Youth
  • Book Review: Grow It, Heal It: Natural and Effective Herbal Remedies From Your Garden or Windowsill
The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (JTH) is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the AHTA. Published regularly since 1986, it is internationally regarded as the premiere publication in the field of horticultural therapy. AHTA members receive the online version of the journal for free. Learn more about ordering hard copies of our publications.