Therapeutic Horticulture Menu of Customizable Services

TeaThe trained and experienced staff at the Missouri Botanical Garden is able to tailor Therapeutic Horticulture programs to the unique needs of specific populations. Participating organizations can collaborate with a horticulture therapist to define therapeutic goals for the group and develop plant-related programs to achieve those goals. These programs can be done at the Missouri Botanical Garden or at the organization’s site.

The below Menu of Services highlights many of the most popular programs options. List prices are for materials fees only and are subject to change at any time. Program fees will also include the staff time of a horticulture therapist, which is $50/hour.

Floral Arranging

Small – 2 to 3 different flowers $5   fine motor skills; memory recall; increase self-worth; sensory engagement

Medium – 4 to 5 different flowers $8  

Large – 6 to 7 different flowers $10  
Nature Printing

Print making on paper with leaves, flowers and stems. Participants take away printed greeting cards and/or small prints that can be framed, journals, bookmarks $2–5
  fine motor skills; increase self-esteem with positive outcomes; de-stress; diversion; tactile engagement
Container Gardening

Planting 2–3 large containers for facility (must take place at facility) $5   fine motor skills; tactile engagement, task initiation

Planting individual plant per person
The History of Tea 

Learn about tea and make an herbal tea sachet to take home. May include group tea party. $4
  fine motor skills; de-stress; olfactory engagement
Textures in Nature 

Explore the various textures of flowers, leaves, stems and seeds. Create a pencil or crayon rubbing of an item from nature. Can be done indoors or outdoors. If applicable, participants can collect nature items from the surrounding facility. $1
  tactile engagement; de-stress; olfactory engagement
Nature Journaling  

Make a nature inspired journal. End with a journaling or drawing activity to begin the journaling process. If desired, a plant press can be incorporated into the journal. Options: recycled material journal or store bought journal $2–5
  inspire creativity; stress reduction; mindfulness

Plant Pressing  

Make a plant press that can be used to press and dry flowers, stems and leaves. If applicable, go outside to collect items to begin pressing. If desired, a nature journal can be incorporated into the plant press. $2
  creativity; fine motor skills; ongoing activity for enrichment
Sensory Exploration

Explore your senses with a variety of plant material from the Sensory Garden! Cut various plants from the Garden such as mints, lemon verbena, jasmine, grasses, scented geraniums, lambs ears, basil, chocolate flower, etc. no cost; can be used in combo with another activity or stand alone   tactile engagement; olfactory engagement; memory recall
Flower Pounding

Create beautiful art work through the pigment of flowers and plants as you pound your stresses away! Materials: juicy flowers, mallets, paper or fabric, masking tape $2–5
  tactile engagement; inspire creativity; gross motor


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