National Horticultural Therapy Week

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. 

 2020 National Horticultural Therapy Week Member Activities

Today I 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 in these trying times.  I dropped them off at the desk to be delivered since units are close to visitors during the national crisis. Happy HT Day/week. Keep safe and healthy.
Mona D. Gold (Retired Professional Member)

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. 

Today, for example, I posted a  photograph of Red Wheatberry Seeds sown in eggshells in biodegradable cardboard egg crates to prepare for an April Inter-generational HT session.  In case the Tri-State quarantine continues for more than a month, then kids in my neighborhood will be pleasantly surprised by an overnight visit by the Masked Easter Bunny! 
Ciri Malamud, MA, CRC, HTR, AHTA Board of Directors Member

Adult Day Center of Somerset Received Proclamation in Honor of Horticultural Therapy Week. Laura De Prado, HTR

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National Horticultural Therapy Week Proclamation

Have you thought about contacting your state officials for National Horticultural Therapy Week? North Carolina and New Jersey are recognizing Horticultural Therapy Week again in 2020. North Carolina has even released an official proclamation. 

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The Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network (MAHTN) and the New York Botanical Garden took place on Saturday, March 23, 2019. It was the third Annual Collaborative Networking Event to Celebrate National Horticultural Therapy Week. This event was held at the New York Botanical Garden and featured a series of sharing presentations about different HT programs as well as provided plenty of networking time.

Horticultural Therapy Celebrated in Advance of the Start of Spring

Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine, second from left, declared the week of March 17-23 as Horticultural Therapy Week in Somerset County while he was at Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic. Joining him, from left, were Brian J. Schilling, Ph.D., senior associate director, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, and director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Laura DePrado, registered horticultural therapist, and Susan Leight, director of Carrier Clinic’s Adult Psychiatric and Addiction unit. Carrier Clinic sponsors an active horticultural therapy program that is overseen by 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."

Previous Horticultural Therapy Week activities planned by AHTA members

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

New Jersey
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].