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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

Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (THR 301)

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: define horticultural therapy and the role of horticultural therapists; examine the therapeutic relationships between people and plants; trace the history of horticultural therapy to the present; describe the benefits of horticultural therapy; compare three horticultural therapy program models and give examples of settings in which they take place; identify the populations that can benefit from horticultural therapy; explain how horticultural therapy is used to treat specific conditions; demonstrate the processes and outcomes of horticultural therapy from the perspectives of the client and therapist; develop skills and techniques to ensure optimum therapeutic benefit; perform a literature review of scientific, refereed journal articles concerning horticultural therapy; and identify organizations and resources for professional development and review the process of professional registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association.


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.

Credit recommendation: 

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