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.

Request for Proposals - AHTA Annual Conference

Community Connections Through Horticultural Therapy
September 8-9, 2017

As horticultural therapists and allied professionals, we understand the importance of creating communities. It’s what we do, and our training and skills position us to do it well. We appreciate the importance of connecting the communities we create with other communities. It requires cooperation, sharing knowledge and experiences, and communicating with people from diverse, related professions. Learning how to create and foster connections is the goal of this year’s AHTA conference in the lakeside city of Burlington, Vermont.

In this spirit, we are reaching out to solicit presentations that address the following objectives:

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Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships 2017

2017 Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships are available for the undergraduate students who are studying in the fields of horticulture or related fields such as landscape architecture or horticultural therapy. 

Scholarship: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships
Eligibility: Undergraduate students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award: $12,500(For Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship) and $9500 (For Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship)
Application Link: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships

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.

For more information contact:

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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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Urban Nature's Effects and Monetary Valuation

The Norwegian Institute of Nature research has published a report (NINA report 1278) titled Urban Nature’s Effects and Monetary Valuation: A Systematic Review by X. Chen. This paper provides an analysis that estimate the monetary value of urban nature’s health effects. It is quite a challenging task considering the diverse ways nature provides benefits for the human condition, and the question of quantifying the data. The information the author shares provides evidence helpful in justifying therapeutic horticulture program development and in larger issues of landscape design and urban planning. Read the full report here.

Healing Wounds of War through Horticultural Therapy: An Interview

U.S. Army Sargent Bob Andrzejczak, wounded in 2008 in Iraq, describes how his injuries led him to horticultural therapy. Currently, as chairman of the NJ Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee, he is now in a position to advocate in the New Jersey state government for New Jersey Horticultural Therapy Week. Read the full article here.