The American Horticultural Therapy Association advocates on behalf of the professional interests of HT practitioners and strives to increase beneficial outcomes for clients, host facilities, researchers, and educators. Please enjoy our site and reach out to us with any questions or comments.
The 2015 AHTA Annual Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Red Lion Hotel on the River on October 9-10, 2015. Pre-tours will be held Thursday, October 8. We are honored to have as our Keynote Speaker, Roger Ulrich, PhD, long recognized as the founder of evidence based healthcare design. His keynote will focus on the evidence base to support nature and gardens in healthcare settings.
RFPs Now Being Accepted
Requests for Proposals for session presenters are now being accepted. To submit a Proposal,...Read More
As the AHTA strives towards certification for horticultural therapists, public awareness of what is, and what is not, a horticultural therapist is essential for professional recognition. The AHTA Board of Directors recently endorsed the definition of horticultural therapist. To advance the profession, it is important that the public recognize horticultural therapists as professionals with specific education, training, and credentials in the use of horticultural for therapy and rehabilitation. To read the full definition, please...Read More
The AHTA Board of Directors is seeking nominations for 3 open board positions, each for a 3 year term on the Board. You may nominate yourself or someone who you believe would help steer the course of AHTA for the future. All nominees must be a member in good standing of AHTA.
As a Director at Large, you would be expected to:
- Be committed to AHTA's vision and purpose
- Attend quarterly telephone conference call Board meetings
- Attend 2 in-person meetings a year: 1 at the AHTA Annual Conference and 1 held in March in Philadelphia
Research reveals that a majority of registered horticultural therapists agree that certification is necessary for the advancement of horticultural therapy as a profession. A job task analysis is the foundation for establishing future training requirements and development of a certification exam for horticultural therapy.
A job task analysis for horticultural therapists has now been published. The article, prepared by members of the AHTA Credentialing work team, was published in the December edition of HortTechnology...Read More
AHTA is now accepting nominations for the Annual Awards that will be presented at the AHTA Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 9-10, 2015.
AHTA Awards honor excellence in humanitarian service, publication of a book, paper or research, HT program services delivered in a community setting, therapeutic garden design and academic achievement. Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2015.
You may nominate a colleague or friend or yourself!
For complete information and award applications, visit the ...
Looking for novel gift ideas for the horticultural therapy fans in your life? Look no further than www.ahta.org AHTA recently launched an online store offering an array of AHTA-branded items. You can choose from aprons, mugs, tote bags and more. Most products are "Made in America" and each purchase supports AHTA. What a great way to promote the HT profession while showing some AHTA love. You can find the new AHTA Gift Shop at ahta.org/store....Read More
AHTA has approved a new membership level within the Associate membership category. It is available to all individuals seeking professional registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association. This new Associate Membership Level 2 has a 3 year, graduated dues fee schedule which culminates in the 3rd year with a full Associate Membership.
To be eligible, Level 2 status Associates are required to be involved in one or more of the following activities:
- Currently enrolled in an AHTA accredited horticultural therapy certificate program OR...
Thank you to all who supported and attended the 2014 AHTA Annual Conference! We had over 175 attendees, which is the largest number of attendees at Conference in the last 6 years! A special thanks to our sponsors, Burpee Seeds, Delaware Valley College, Hitchcock Design, NamePlate Technology and Legacy Hospital for their support.
We are now planning our...Read More
Sin-Ae Park has been selected recipient of the 2014 Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award for the article Metabolic Costs of Gardening Tasks in Children, published in Hort Technology 23 (5) 589-594. The article looks at the amount of energy expended during garden tasks and is helpful when using gardening in physical rehabilitation tasks.Read More
A Snapshot from Legacy Health’s Therapeutic Gardens
by Nancy E. Young, MAIR, MALS
Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., EDAC recently visited Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, to meet with Duncan Neilson, M.D. Clinical Vice President Surgical Services and Women's Services at Legacy Health, his fellow primary investigator, as well as the highly skilled and interdisciplinary research team of experts participating in a comprehensive research project ...Read More