Vol 120 (2007): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Ornamental, Garden & Landscape

Horticultural therapy: how can it make a difference in your everyday life?

Patricia Porchey
University of Florida
Published December 1, 2007


Horticultural therapy is the practice of engaging people in horticultural activities to improve their bodies, minds, and spirits. It is a time-tested therapeutic treatment modality for rehabilitation. There are many venues for horticultural therapy, including hospitals and hospices, assisted-living facilities, schools, community gardens, etc. The benefits of horticultural therapy include reducing physical and emotional pain, improving memory, and reducing stress and anger. At home and at work, horticultural therapy can improve the quality of life.