Horticultural Therapist

Nurse Anesthesiologist

People have long believed in the healing and therapeutic powers of gardening. Thus horticultural therapy was born. Horticultural therapists, like art or music therapists, use plants and gardening activities in order to improve the body, mind, and spirit of each of their clients. Called a “cognitive therapy”, horticultural therapy teaches people new skills and also helps them regain those that may have been lost.

Some benefits of horticultural therapy are an improved memory, social growth, and physical rehabilitation. In places where horticultural therapy is used in a vocational setting, the clients learn to work independently, follow directions, and solve problems on their own, preparing them for future jobs and also helping with life skills. Horticultural therapy benefits everyone, but enjoys success with adults and children who have physical, psychological, or developmental disabilities, people recovering from illness or injury, victims of abuse, public offenders, recovering addicts, and people in nursing homes or hospice centers.

Horticultural therapists are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation and vocational centers, nursing homes and senior centers, community and botanic gardens, schools, farms, horticulture businesses, and prisons. Their income varies due to the capacity in which they are employed as well as their education and experience.

Horticultural therapists have many degree options open to them.They can pursue a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in horticultural therapy, a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy, or individual coursework. Of course, the more education and experience one has will lead to better employment and greater income. As more people become aware of the benefits of horticultural therapy, this profession and those places where it is offered as a degree program will increase greatly.

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