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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Botanical Garden | Evaluated Learning Experience

Garden Design for Special Populations (THR 408)

15 hours (3 weeks).
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY.

September 2008 - December 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: differentiate and define types of gardens: healing, meditation, contemplative, restorative and therapeutic gardens and assesses their appropriate use and application for a special population; account for the special needs of clients when designing a horticultural therapy garden/space in order to maximize its therapeutic effectiveness; evaluate and modify the design process, specifically to: assemble and communicate with a design team to facilitate the process, provide information necessary to develop a design program, assist with and evaluate site inventory and analysis; read and evaluate plans, sections, and elevations for circulation, patterns, esthetics, plant selection, ADA standards, etc., and conduct site visits and post occupancy evaluations; research and apply creative solutions to address specific needs; and evaluate and adopt creative solutions to address specific needs.


This course is taught in a traditional classroom environment with required site visits  as part of the certificate program. Methods of instruction include: lectures, class discussions, readings, individual and group design and presentation, case studies, assigned reading and individual research. Prerequisite: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (THR 301).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Horticultural Therapy, Horticulture, Social Work, Special Education or Psychology (11/12) (11/17 revalidation).