Therapeutic Horticulture Classes

Learn to create experiences that utilize plants, gardening, and nature to empower individuals and groups whose lives have been affected by illnesses, injuries, disabilities, and life circumstances in order to achieve improvements in their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Enroll in a single course or pursue a Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


July

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
251GAR301 07/08 Mo 2:00pm-4:00pm Barrie
NYBG

Explore the theoretical foundations and evidence-based research that supports using the people-plant relationship as a therapeutic tool to improve health and well-being. Engage in hands-on activities to discover the beneficial cognitive, physical, psychological, and social-emotional impacts associated with working with more...
251THP301BL 07/08 Mo 2:00pm-4:30pm Meore
BLENDED

In just three weeks, complete more than 30% of the coursework required for the Certificate and gain a solid understanding of how to utilize plants, gardening, and nature to empower specific individuals and groups. All courses are offered in a more...
251THP960BL 07/08 Mo 9:00am-4:30pm D'Amico
Meore
Lorenzetti
Fried
Wichrowski
Shahay
Lawless
D'Auria
BLENDED

Discover how therapeutic horticulture can greatly enrich and support the formative years-from early childhood through adolescence. Learn about the causes and characteristics of various types of developmental disabilities and youth at risk. Explore ways to incorporate therapeutic horticulture and the more...
251THP402BL 07/11 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm D'Amico
BLENDED

Tour the gardens and collections of NYBG to expand your repertoire of edible and ornamental plants for therapeutic programming. Learn their specific requirements and care, while exploring design possibilities, safety and applications for use with various service communities. Prerequisite: Fundamentals more...
251THP320 07/12 Fr 1:00pm-4:00pm Lorenzetti
NYBG

Engage your senses in the Resilience & Wellness Center's newly established therapeutic garden at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. Learn about the multiple populations with wide-ranging needs served by the G.R.O.W. Garden's Therapeutic Horticulture Program, more...
251THP514 07/19 Fr 9:00am-2:00pm Meore
OFS

This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
251HRT300AO 07/22 Mo 5:30pm-7:45pm Cheng
NYBG

Evaluate tools, equipment, structures, spaces, and techniques used by participants in therapeutic horticulture activities. Explore universal design principles and how to incorporate them into programming, activities, garden design, and tools to meet the widest range of people's needs. Design and more...
251THP406BL 07/22 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm D'Amico
D'Auria
BLENDED

NYU is recognized as having one of the longest-running therapeutic horticulture programs in the country. This visit offers an insider's look at the broad array of programs that the team facilitates both in the hospitals and in the community. Visit more...
251THP525 07/23 Tu 9:00am-2:00pm Horticultural Therapy Services
Fried
Wichrowski
OFS

August

This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
251HRT300BO 08/12 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Thomson
ONLINE

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
251GAR301D 08/15 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

September

Learn principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore basic sexual and asexual propagation, focusing on fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering.
251HRT411B 09/17 Tu 5:30pm-8:30pm Weinstein
NYBG