Therapeutic Horticulture Frequently Asked Questions
Group in the Zimmerman Sensory Garden

Some of the following questions and answers have been adapted from the American Horticulture Therapy Association.

What are the settings and goals of Therapeutic Horticulture programs?

Therapeutic horticulture programs are found in a wide variety of healthcare, rehabilitative, and residential settings. The Missouri Botanical Garden can do programming at the Garden or at participating organization’s facilities. The components of therapeutic horticulture program are:

  • The engagement of a participant in active or passive horticultural-related activities.
  • The participant has an identified disability, illness, or life circumstance requiring services. 
  • The activity is facilitated by a registered horticultural therapist or other professional with training in horticulture.
  • The participation is in the context of the goals and mission of the organization.


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