Horticultural Therapy Professional Development

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Horticultural therapy and the benefit of garden environments and quite simply plants, has been well documented since ancient times. Originally used to treat mental illness when first adopted in the 1940s and 50s, it is now used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational and community settings. Horticultural therapy techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost.  It improves memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills and socialization, just to name a few benefits.

Would you like to incorporate Horticultural Therapy techniques into your recreation programs or get some great ideas, but can't make it to Royal Botanical Gardens. These interactive Professional Development programs will provide content and activity ideas for you to offer clients, no matter the age.  When requesting a program, please note the session in the comment box.

Introduction to Horticultural Therapy - any time

November: Narcissus

December: Evergreen Arrangement

January: Tropical Plants

February: Topiary

March: Seeds

April: Herbs

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About This Program


Point to Point: $170.00
Point to Point Premium: $165.00

Program fee increase due bringing in Horticultural Therapist to do presentation.
Please note which program you are booking in the comment section.
Discounts available if bulk booking.
If more than one school or classroom, organization books this program as a multi-point, a discounted rate can be discussed.
Programs requested by US sites - fee in USD
Programs requested by Canadian sites - fee in CAD
Invoices will be emailed out at the end of the month that the program occurs.


45 - 60 minutes;

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 11, 12, Adult Learners School Therapists Public Library: Library Staff

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

We are able to do a multi-point presentation with up to 3 sites.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences, Special Needs

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft TeamsOther connection methods may be possible depending

Booking Information

Each month a new program available. These programs will coincide with a seasonally appropriate plant or celebration. See list of programs in description below.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs can be cancelled with at least 48 hours notice unless the cancellation is due to inclement weather.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. This programs begins with discovering participant background and reason for taking part
2. We'll discuss the benefits of this particular activity.
3. Participants will be taken through the steps of this activity discussing possible points to be aware of.
4. Participants are welcome to ask questions throughout the presentation.


The participant will:
- get an understanding of the value of using horticultural therapy with clients
- explore and engage in a discussion about the pedagogy behind the activity
- participate in the demonstration of the activity
- develop an appreciation of different benefits and challenges that their clients might have with the activity
Programs options:
Introduction to Horticultural Therapy
November: Narcissus
December: Evergreen arrangement
January: Tropical plants
February: Topiary
March: Seeds
April: Herbs

Standards Alignment

National Standards

If you need this to meet a particular standard or include a particular element of the curriculum, please inform the instructors as soon after registering as possible.
Attendance certificates available upon completion of program by request.

State Standards

If you need this to meet a particular standard or include a particular element of the curriculum, please inform the instructors as soon after registering as possible.