What is Horticulture Therapy?

Horticulture Therapy (HT) is the practice of using gardening and other activities with plants to support one's physical and mental health.

 

Benefits of Horticulture Therapy

Mental Health

  • Reduce stress
  • Elevate mood
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Lack of stigma (judge-free zone)

Physical wellbeing

  • Improve gut health
  • Decrease fatigue
  • Improve motor┬áskills
  • Improve immune system (vitamin D)

Social support network

  • Communicate with others and cultivate new friendships
  • Forge social bonds
  • Improve self-esteem

Cognitive enrichment and welfare

  • Improve attention capacity
  • Increase brain function
  • Promote neuroplasticity and brain stimulation
  • Improve concentration

 

Creating a Therapeutic Horticulture Program at UofT

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