What is Horticultural Therapy?
This discipline may be defined simply as sharing the experience of plants between the therapist and the patient/client. Their interaction creates an environment that is beneficial in mediating patient/client dysfunction. Horticultural therapists are trained professionals who use horticulture, nature, and related plant activities to assist in the therapy and/or habilitation of a wide range of client groups.
To learn more about horticultural therapy and research at K-State, visit our horticultural therapy resource and research pages. For a history of the horticultural therapy program, visit our departmental history page.
Recent Publications of our Horticultural Therapy faculty
Shoemaker, Candice A. and Elizabeth R. M. Diehl. 2012. The Practice and Profession of Horticultural Therapy in the United States. Acta Horticulturae 954: 161-164.
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Graduate Studies in Horticultural Therapy
The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources at K-State offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs in a number of horticultural commodity and discipline areas, including horticultural therapy.
To learn more about our graduate learning opportunities, visit our Graduate Program in Horticulture page.
Distance Learning Courses & Programs
An online Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy is offered through K-State Division of Continuing Education. Undergraduate courses are also available via distance learning. At this time we do not offer B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degrees via distance learning.
To learn more about our distance learning opportunities, visit K-State Division of Continuing Education.