Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Requirements

NYBG's Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Program emerges from a health and wellness model of human development, combined with research supporting nature as an effective therapeutic medium. This program trains students to design, implement, and operate innovative therapeutic horticulture programs in settings such as urban farms, healthcare facilities, schools, supportive housing, correctional facilities, and more.

Those in pursuit of a Certificate must complete 176 course hours (160 required + 16 elective), 10 site visit hours, and 100 hours of field experience.

Browse this page to discover what required courses are currently scheduled.


February

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.
243HRT411A 02/26 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm Weinstein
NYBG

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.
243HRT300EO 02/28 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Simeone
ONLINE

March

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.
243HRT411B 03/02 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
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...
243THP301BBL 03/05 Tu 4:00pm-6:30pm Meore
BLENDED

Explore how therapeutic horticulture can improve the health, function, and quality of life for older adults in various settings, from independent to assisted living, day programs, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities. You willalso gain an understanding of the physical, more...
243THP401O 03/06 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Brechner
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.
243GAR301CO 03/12 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bakis
ONLINE

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...
243THP525 03/12 Tu 9:00am-2:00pm Horticultural Therapy Services
Fried
Wichrowski
OFS

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.
243GAR301D 03/28 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

April

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...
244THP406BL 04/15 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm D'Amico
Wagenfeld
BLENDED