National Horticultural Therapy Week - March 14-20, 2021

Each year, the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) coordinates the efforts of regional networking groups, affiliated horticultural therapy programs, and AHTA members to collaborate in celebrating the profession on a national and local level. By hosting a variety of special events or activities, we're able to collectively elevate recognition and appreciation for our programs and our profession. 

National Horticultural Therapy Week Proclamation

Have you thought about contacting your state and local officials to request a proclamation for National Horticultural Therapy Week(NHTW)?  Find out if there are any special rules or guidelines to follow regarding the content of your proclamation.  Many state and local officials' websites allow you to request a proclamation online.  It can take several weeks to process a request, so be sure to submit yours in plenty of time for your NHTWcelebration.  Consider how, when and by whom the proclamation would be officially presented.  Arrange to have a photographer present during the presentation and distribute the photo(s) to the media, including the editor of your local newspaper, with a write-up about the proclamation and the importance of horticultural therapy.

Following is a sample proclamation text.  You can also do an internet search for sample proclamations.

Whereas: The American Horticultural Therapy Association has declared the week of March 14-20 as NationalHorticultural Therapy Week, and

Whereas: Horticultural therapy can benefit people with disabilities or mental illness; veterans; incarcerated persons; seniors; and patients, staff, and visitors at medical facilities, and

Whereas: The use of the people-plant connection as an accepted approach to treatment dates back to the late 1700s,

Therefore be itresolved that I, ____________________________ (Governor, Mayor, MunicipalLeader) of ____________________ (State or City) do hereby proclaim March[insert dates] to be National Horticultural Therapy Week.  I encourage all citizens to learn more aboutthe use and benefits of horticultural therapy.


Laura DePrado’s Article from Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture 2017: Volume XXVII issue II: Raising Awareness of Horticultural Therapy with the Seed of “National Horticultural Therapy Week” and Roots of New Jersey Agriculture

North Carolina’s 2020 Proclamation

North Carolina's Resolution H. Con. Res. 92

2021 Events

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network &  New York Botanical Garden 5th Annual Collaborative Event

Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network

The Northeast HT network will be kicking off National HT week with our membership drive & social ZOOM gathering. 

Horticultural Therapy week in Spanish!

Perla is a HTC from Puerto Rico. This year she is planning to celebrate national Horticultural Therapy Week by:

  1. Conducting several interviews in Spanish on my Weekly podcast (“La verdura de hoy”) about what is HT, and the experience of colleagues in other countries in Latin America, Spain, and London.
  2. Posting on my blog and social media about HT and its benefits, particularly in the workplace which is my área of interest; also share some profiles about colleagues working in HT
  3. Combine efforts with other HT professionals to promote resources in Spanish for those interested in this field.

 New Plantings in California

My students and I will be building a new raised bed with NWTH in mind.  We've been slowly adding California native plants and flowering plants to add entrigue, excitement, and wonder while supporting the local biodiversity.  Very exciting and a great addition to the outdoor classroom.  
Silvia Yoshimizu-Yee

New Community Garden

The Manistique Community Treehouse Center, plan to start a new garden in the community with the help of clients and  students to Celebration National Horticultural Therapy Week.
Tammy Black

Previous Horticultural Therapy Week activities planned by AHTA members

Flower Delivered to Hospice Patients - 2020
Mona D. Gold (Retired Professional Member) delivered flower arrangements to Hospice patients and the staff at an inpatient Hospice unit at Abington Hospital in honor of the work that the staff are doing during Covid-19.  

Horticultural Therapy Quarantine Activities Ciri Malamud, MA, CRC, HTR, AHTA Board of Directors Member - 2020
For National Horticultural Therapy Day, I’m celebrating by being mindful of all those patients and beneficiaries of Horticultural Therapy sessions that are postponed during the national quarantine. One of the ways I have chosen to celebrate with my participants is to post on my website, today and daily until the quarantine is lifted, photographs of flowers blooming this spring in my gardens, and plant related activities, for all to enjoy in a moment of peaceful respite. 

Horticultural Therapy Week celebrated in Somerset County - 2020
Meridian Health Carrier Clinic sponsors an active horticultural therapy program that is overseen by Laura DePrado in support of its patients. Levine noted that horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice with therapeutic benefits and, because spring officially began with the vernal equinox on March 20, 2019, this “was an ideal time to focus our energies on the therapeutic benefits of garden environments."

Third Annual National Horticultural Therapy Week Celebration - 2020
Co-sponsored by the NYBG Adult Education Program — Horticultural Therapy Training Program and Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network. Presenters brought six slides of their available internship sites (or experiences) and gave a 5–7 minute talk.

Deborah Freeman and Augusta Baines Celebrate National Horticultural Therapy Week - 2019
Mrs Baines, a teacher by profession enjoys sharing her creative techniques, mixing mud pie flowers! Ms. Baines is 103 years young and still enjoying plants/ flowers and living independently

North Carolina - 2019
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the proclamation recognizing March 18-24, 2018 as Horticultural Therapy Week.

New Jersey - 2019
New Jersey passed a bill making the third week of March National Horticultural Therapy Week.

Earthtones Northwest, Portland, Oregon
Horticultural and music therapists from Earthtones NW created a display promoting horticultural therapy and AHTA.

Brother International Corporation, Bridgewater, New Jersey
Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado facilitated an educational horticultural therapy workshop for employees who engaged with plant materials while creating hands-on projects with purpose and meaning.

A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta, Georgia
Officially opened and dedicated a third horticultural therapy greenhouse during National Horticultural Therapy Week.

Belmont Hospital Northwest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The PRS (persons receiving services) at Belmont Hospital Northeast created "seed bomb" packages to giveaway. The “seed bombs” were placed in spots throughout the facility for patrons to pick up and take with them with instructions to throw the bomb on neglected land throughout Philadelphia. 

By hosting a variety of special events or activities, we're able to collectively elevate recognition and appreciation for our programs and our profession. This spring, set aside time to refocus, refresh, and reconnect with your wonderful horticultural therapy colleagues and worthy professional ideals. Let us know how you celebrated National Horticultural Therapy Week by emailing [email protected].