The Magic of Horticulture Therapy
Horticultural Therapy is a facile method of
healing by engaging patients in garden and
garden related activities. The vastness of
nature has magical ways of healing without
Plants as Healers
Horticultural therapy was started when
first civilizations existed. Kings used
gardens for soothing and relaxing their
minds. Monasteries and temples, where
healers cured patients, had lovely
gardens that were therapeutic in nature.
Therapy of the Gardens in a more structured form
Later it became more popular during the
time of world war I and II. Dr. Benjamin
Rush used horticultural therapy for injured
soldiers to make them forget pain and to
help them restore their physical and mental
Healing Benefits of Horticultural Therapy
Working in nature can help to get
various physical, mental, cognitive and
social benefits. Caring for plants will
make people more committed to other
living creatures and themselves.
Gardening also helps to improve
Wo rking in garden will strengthen their
muscles and impro ve fine and gross motor
skills. Indoor and outdoor activities enhance
h an d -eye co o r d in atio n . F lexib ility,
Working in a garden will strengthen
patients’ muscles and improve fine
and gross motor skills. Indoor and
outdoor activities enhance flexibility,
coordination, body balancing, hand-
eye coordination and vocational skill
HT activities help to overcome stress and
tension. Skill-developing activities improve
their self-esteem and self-confidence. HT
makes patients more comfortable in society
and enables them to live independently
HT enhances the social commitment in the
patients. Community gardening and group
HT activities improves communication and
social interaction skills.
Horticultural activities helps to enhance
attention span of the participant. Fragrance
and color of flowers and leaves will help to
recall the past memories of the patients and
also offer peace and relaxation.
For whom do we conduct HT?
HT is beneficial for People of all age groups. It
is especially useful for people who are injured,
under treatment, having various disabilities,
drug addicts, elderly people and so on. Nature
and the garden become a huge health sink that
can help alleviate the condition of many mental
and physical ills.
Where do we conduct HT?
Horticultural therapy can be conducted in
any garden. If patients find it difficult to get
to a garden, then containers with plants can
be taken to their bedside and activities could
be performed based on the needs and
capacities of the patients.
HT Activities – To satisfy Physical well-being
Selected gardening activities helps to
improve the physical skills. The activities
and how to approach the method will
depend on patients’ needs.
HT Activities – To satisfy mental well-being
Craft activities helps to improve the mental
strength and creativity. Card making, twig toys
making, accessories making using natural
materials and terrarium like activities boost their
self esteem and self confidence. Hand-eye co-
ordinations, fine motor skills, distraction from
pain are some of the benefits from these activities.
HT Activities – To satisfy more needs
Color, fragrance and interesting installations
can make much impact on human emotional
system and cognitive skills.
Plants are the natural healers. Just being amongst
them will bring balance to the human race.
Horticulture Therapy uses certain techniques to
enhance this quality of healing and modes of
absorbing and offers patients a therapy that they
will find easy and joyous to take up to heal.
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for your wards?
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