Through doing we become and through planting we can grow. Imagine yourself deeply immersed in the beauty of a garden, the warmth of sunlight on your skin and the fresh clean air. Now, imagine spending time in the wonders of nature whilst also achieving therapeutic goals. Welcome to the world of Horticultural or “Garden” Therapy!
Horticultural Therapy is the practice of using garden-based activities and the natural environment as a medium to achieve therapeutic goals. Horticultural Therapy is a therapeutic tool that can be used by Occupational Therapists and other allied-health professionals to target a broad range of client goals through a fun, diverse and engaging environment. Horticultural Therapy uses elements of the garden and the processes of gardening to provide therapeutic input to help with sensory and emotional regulation, developing social skills, providing meaningful engagement and occupation, building strength, developing fine and gross motor skills, and building self-confidence in a fun and supported environment. Due to the diverse nature of Horticultural Therapy it can be used for a broad range of clients, with particular benefits highlighted for people living with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, speech and language difficulties, intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities.