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Horticulture therapy or Horticultural therapy (HT) is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association "AHTA" as the engagement of a person in gardening activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. AHTA believes that horticultural therapy is an active process which occurs in the context of an established treatment plan. HT is an effective and beneficial treatment for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
HTR and HTM are credentials representing voluntary professional registration at the Undergraduate and Masters level respectively with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), and other universities, colleges and organizations around the world, to recognize studies and professional practice in Horticultural Therapy.
Horticultural therapists are specially educated and trained members of rehabilitation teams (with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other) who involve the client in all phases of gardening - from propagation to selling products - as a means of bringing about improvement in their life.
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- Marilyn Barrett Creating Eden, The Garden as a Healing Space (Harper, 1992).
- Francis, Linsay, Rice (Eds.) The Healing Dimensions of People-Plant Relations (Center for Design Research, 1994).
- Norfolk, Donald The Therapeutic Garden (Bantam, 2000).
- Relf, Diane (Ed.) The Role of Horticulture and Human Well-Being (Timber Press, 1992).
- Simson, Sharon & Straus, Martha C. Horticulture as therapy: principles and practice (Routledge, 2003).
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- Kansas State University Horticultural Therapy
- Kansas State University Horticultural Therapy Continuing Education
- Chicago Botanic Garden - Horticultural Therapy Download pdf-brochure "Enabling Garden" 
- Horticultural Therapy in Royal Botanic Garden, Hamilton, Canada
- Horticultural Therapy in Siberia, Russia Download pdf-brochure in Russian either as a simple version, 1.9 Mb  or a 2-sided brochure (first file, 1.16 Mb  and second file, 0.4 Mb  )
- Horticultural Therapy at Edmonds Community College
- Thrive A small UK charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening as therapy for disabled people).
- GGuT A tiny Association for Horticultural Therapy, founded in 2001
- Trellis The national body for therapeutic horticulture in Scotland.
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