Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Program


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. 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.
Respected nationwide, NYBG’s 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. Whether you are embarking on a new career or are looking to integrate plants into your current work in human services, education, mental health, or another allied health field, our expert faculty—all highly experienced practitioners—are the ideal guides.
Upon completion of the program, students will:
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of service communities served through therapeutic horticulture programs.
  • Develop goals, activities, adaptations, and evaluation methods that fit the specific needs of an individual or group.
  • Select and care for a diverse group of plants suitable for use in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Set up, operate, and effectively market a business that offers therapeutic horticulture services.


As of fall 2022, we are thrilled to unveil our newly re-conceptualized Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Program. Please view these Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this program and how it differs from the former Horticultural Therapy program.



Certificate students must complete 181 course hours, 10 site visit hours, and 100 hours of field experience. After completing all Therapeutic Horticulture requirements, students should contact the Program Coordinator Program Coordinator to discuss options for their field experience.


COURSE CODE              HOURS
Introductory & Service Community Classes
Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture  THP 301   10
Therapeutic Horticulture for Older Adults  THP 401 P 12
Therapeutic Horticulture for Youth with Disabilities THP 402 P 12
Therapeutic Horticulture for Mental Health  THP 404 P 12
Therapeutic Horticulture for Neurological Conditions    THP 403  P 12
Therapeutic Horticulture for Chronic Health Conditions THP 405 P 12
Foundations of Horticulture Classes
Fundamentals of Gardening GAR 301
Introduction to Plant Science HRT 300
Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles HRT 411 P 18
Therapeutic Horticulture Techniques and Materials
Accessibility in Therapeutic Horticulture Programming THP 406 P 8
Indoor Plants for Therapeutic Programs THP 350 P 8
Outdoor Plants for Therapeutic Programs** HRT 411 P 8
Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Planning THP 407 P 10
Therapeutic Horticulture Program Management THP 409 P 10
Independent Study THP 410 P 5
Elective courses     16
Horticultural Therapy Site Visits (see below)     10


A Trauma-Informed Approach to Therapeutic Horticulture THP 318 P 6
Developing Cultural Competency in Therapeutic Horticulture Programs THP 312 P 6


The G.R.O.W. Garden at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center THP 514 P 4
NYU Langone Medical Center, Therapeutic Horticulture Services THP 525 P 5

We are currently only able to offer limited trips to observe working programs at hospitals and other institutions. Site visits remain a Certificate requirement, and we plan to resume scheduling more of them as soon as it is safe to do so.

P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register

**For classes with no current session available, please check back when we announce the next season's catalog.



For those who have been working toward a Horticultural Therapy Certificate, please review the chart below to determine which new classes correlate with the previous classes required to complete your certificate: