Horticultural Therapy Classes

If you have a passion for plants and helping people, then pursue horticultural therapy and learn how to bring people and the natural environment together for healing purposes. Acquire the therapeutic skills and horticultural techniques needed to serve a broad population of people in need.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


January

Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
203HRT300D 01/06 Mo 10:00am-12:40pm Grossman
NYBG
203HRT300E 01/07 Tu 6:00pm-8:40pm Grossman
MDTN

This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
203GAR301C 01/08 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Beyers
MDTN

Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for more...
203THR301B 01/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Wichrowski
MDTN

Children and adolescents with special needs are the focus of this course. Gain an understanding of the causes and characteristics of various developmental, sensory, physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Learn to implement horticultural therapy for a wide variety of goals more...
203THR402 01/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm D'Amico
NYBG

Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
203HRT300F 01/25 Sa 10:30am-1:10pm Barnes
NYBG

Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering. Materials included. Prerequisite: Introduction to more...
203HRT411A 01/27 Mo 10:30am-1:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
203HRT411B 01/28 Tu 1:30pm-4:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Horticultural therapy is practiced in a multitude of behavioral health settings, including hospitals, day treatment programs, group homes, and in private practice. Learn the diagnostic criteria for major psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, cognitive, and substance abuse disorders. Review more...
203THR404 01/28 Tu 5:30pm-9:15pm Backus
NYBG

This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
203GAR301D 01/31 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
NYBG

February

Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between appearance and function, ecology, systematics, and more...
203HRT300G 02/01 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm Satch
MDTN
203HRT300H 02/04 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Kutos
NYBG

For horticultural therapy to be most effective, activities must be structured so a client's progress can be clearly measured and assessed. Using a variety of activities, develop a needs assessment and activity plan, write specific goals with measurable objectives, and more...
203THR407 02/22 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Jaroslow
NYBG

March

This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students more...
203GAR301E 03/02 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
MDTN
203GAR301F 03/07 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Gardens can be catalysts for learning, health, inclusion, and therapy. Gain the knowledge, expertise, and tools to create, renovate, and evaluate both interior and exterior spaces to ensure effective gardens. Learn the latest research in health care garden design, common more...
203THR408 03/11 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Minich
MDTN

Visit a 720-bed chronic and long-term care facility that serves geriatric patients, patients with AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Huntington's disease, and patients on short-term rehabilitation. Students will accompany the horticultural therapist on rounds to a variety of units. Travel directions more...
203THR528 03/24 Tu 10:30am-2:30pm Arabian
OFS

Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for more...
203THR301C 03/28 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Meore
NYBG

April

Evaluate tools, equipment, structures, and techniques used by participants in horticultural therapy activities. Design and construct adaptive tools and assistive devices through problem-solving activities. Expand your plant-selecting skills for specific therapeutic programming needs as you explore the collections and gardens more...
204THR406 04/08 We 5:30pm-8:45pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG

May

Learn how to design and implement a horticultural therapy program in the private or public sector. Gain skills in developing program proposals, writing protocols, establishing evaluation methods and record-keeping policies, and managing staff and volunteers. Topics in business practices will more...
204THR409 05/02 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Czarnecki
NYBG