The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture Programs are designed to provide creative and stimulating nature-based activities to enhance the physical, mental and social lives of the participants. In harmony with Missouri Botanical Garden mission to enrich lives by sharing knowledge about and interacting with the diversity of life in our natural world, Therapeutic Horticulture practices deepen an individual’s connection to nature.

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.


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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

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Therapeutic Horticultural Programs at the Garden are made possible
through contributions by:

Friends and family of Dr. Samuel D. Soule
Dr. Oscar and Barbara Soule
Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation
E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust
Mary Anne Lucas Fund
Van Evera Foundation
Maritz Corporation