Happy Horticultural Therapy Week!

Photo by Thomas Moore, all rights reserved

This week, starting yesterday, is National Horticultural Therapy Week.

To celebrate, I’m posting the American Horticultural Therapy Association’s Call for Papers for their next conference, In Our Nature, which will be in Chicago from October 13-16, 2010. Proposals are due by April 15, so get your act together soon to submit.

If you’re not quite sure what horticultural therapy, or “HT,” is, here’s a quick definition, courtesy of the Horticultural Therapy Institute: Horticultural therapy is “a professional practice that uses the cultivation of plants and gardening activities to improve the mental and physical health of its participants.”

The Therapeutic Landscapes Network has a special page devoted to HT, and the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) has many resources, including links and books to buy, on their website.

It is my personal opinion that any designer who designs therapeutic landscapes should be a member of AHTA. The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture alone, published by AHTA, is worth the price of admission alone.

I’m working on a blog post about my amazing day at the Horticulture Society of New York’s forum, Food 4 Thought, and hope to have that out before the end of the week.

In the meantime, here’s a nice video form GardeningForLife about HT: