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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

Horticultural Therapy Methods and Materials (THR 406)

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: evaluate tools, equipment, supplies and structures for use by participants with diverse needs; adapt tools and equipment to maximize client participation in horticultural therapy activities; describe the therapeutic qualities of plants and provide examples; assess potential risks and safety precautions of: plants, horticultural materials, physical environment and participants' conditions when planning horticultural therapy activities; describe culture, requirements, propagation methods and safety of plants discussed in class, including: herbs, vegetables, fruits, grasses, annual and perennial flowers, tropical plants, aquatic plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, corms and rhizomes; select plants and design activities to meet treatment goals for a variety of populations; outline the planning aspects and time frames necessary for successful indoor and outdoor horticulture projects.


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. Prerequisites: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (THR 301) and Horticultural Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation (THR 403).

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).