• You’ll increase your vocabulary and
become more familiar with gardening and the role of
horticulture as a form of therapy.
• You’ll have an opportunity to interact
with other individuals and groups who want to learn
and apply shared knowledge as it relates to horticulture.
• You’ll learn that horticulture provides
emotional growth, promotes interest and enthusiasm
while you watch plants grow and flowers bud.
• You’ll get plenty of physical exercise
when you handle plants, till soil and work the garden
to create your works of arts.
• You’ll learn other people’s strategies
and how they create unique plants of varying shapes
and sizes. You can then apply these techniques to
your own plants, shrubs and landscapes.
• You can also experiment with new and different
approaches to growing plants including cross pollination
and creating hybrids.
Charles C. Lewis is quoted as saying, “The
garden is a safe place, a benevolent setting where
everyone is welcome. Plants are non-judgmental, non-threatening,
and non- discriminating. They respond to care, not
to strengths and weaknesses of the person providing
it. It does not matter whether one is black or white,
has been to kindergarten or college, is poor or wealthy,
healthy or ill: Plants will thrive when given careful
attention. What is important is that they receive
proper sunlight, soil, water and nutrients. Thus in
a garden, one can take the first steps towards self-confidence.”
From Green Nature/Human Nature, The Meaning of Plants
in Our Lives, by Charles C. Lewis 1996 AHS Horticultural
Therapy Award Winner
If you’re considering becoming involved in
the art and science of horticulture as your hobby
of choice, know that you’re not alone. There
are gardening clubs locally and nationally you can
become affiliated with to learn more about horticulture.
Back to Horticulture