Therapeutic Horticulture

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture Programs are designed to provide creative and stimulating nature-based activities to further enrich the physical, mental and social lives of the participants. The mission is to enrich the lives of senior citizens and special populations by sharing knowledge about and interacting with the diversity of life in our natural world.

Therapeutic Horticulture is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit, through passive or active involvement. Therapeutic Horticulture is effective and beneficial for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. For more information about horticulture as therapy, visit the American Horticultural Therapy Association online.


Therapeutic Horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Child examining flowers in the Zimmerman Sensory Garden

Discover Therapeutic Horticulture programs for your group at the Missouri Botanical Garden!
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Zimmerman Sensory Garden

Zimmerman Sensory Garden

The Zimmerman Sensory Garden is designed to foster a multi-sensory garden experience. Discover how you and your group can interact with nature. Learn more

Therapeutic Horticulture in the Community

Older man with trowel working in raised bed garden

Learn more about Therapeutic Horticulture programs at your site!
Senior Programs
Social Service Agencies
Youth and Adults with Autism

Customizable Services

Participant working with succulents

Our trained staff can tailor programs to meet the unique needs of your group.
Customized Programs
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Therapeutic Horticultural Programs at the Garden are made possible
through contributions by:

Dr. Oscar and Barbara Soule
Friends and family of Dr. Samuel D. Soule
Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation
E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust
Mary Anne Lucas Fund
David R. and Mary L. Tognoni Program Fund