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AHTA is in the process of launching a series of networking groups to focus on the specialized needs of practitioners within common groups or populations. These 'Communities of Practice' will enable practitioners to share ideas, resources, support and solutions. The impetus for the initiative is the recent Membership Survey, which revealed strong interest in networking opportunities within specialized areas.
Honoring the Past; Envisioning the Future!
To honor its 40th year, the 2013 AHTA Annual Conference this year featured a gala dinner celebration for all conference attendees and guests. The event, which took place at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, on Sept. 20th, welcomed many past presidents and distinguished founding members of the profession, including Earl Copus, Diane Relf, Doug Airhart, Kent Titze and Rebecca Haller.
Highlight was the presentation of this year's roster of Annual Awards to recognize the contributions of individuals whose...Read More
The 2013 Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award has been presented to a team of Swiss researchers for their article, Horticultural Therapy for Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Results of a Pilot Study, published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 18(2) 44-50. Three members of the team, Martin Verra, Director of the Physiotherapy Dept., Andre Aeschlimann, Medical Director, and...Read More
Seven students received their certificates in horticultural therapy at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, this May. The group is the first to complete the College’s 14-credit horticultural therapy certificate. The program, which launched in 2010, is offered through the College’s Office of Continuing Education. DelVal is one of eight schools in the U.S. that offers an AHTA accredited certificate program.
Horticultural therapy is the engagement of a person in gardening-related activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific treatment goals....Read More
Those in the Portland, OR, area on Sept. 12th will have a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Roger Ulrich present as part of a program focusing on the relationship between trees, gardens, nature and public health as part of the public health infrastructure. Dr. Ulrich, one of the most cited and influential evidence-based healthcare design researchers in the world, will speak on “How Nature Heals the Human Body.” Dr. Ulrich is professor of architecture at the Center for...Read More
Diane Relf, PhD, HTM, has been announced as keynote speaker for the 2013 AHTA Annual Conference, Honoring the Past...Envisioning the Future, which will take place September 20-21, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Relf's keynote will highlight the people who have served AHTA over the years, the struggles and achievements of AHTA and key factors to consider in future growth. Those who have attended past AHTA conferences, will be able to attest to Dr. Relf's knowledge and lively presentation style.
In 1976...Read More
Celebrating Horticultural Heroes
AHTA Board member Matt Wichrowski has been named 2013 recipient of the The American Horticultural Society (AHS) distinguished Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy. The AHS award recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses who represent the best in American gardening for their outstanding achievements within their areas of expertise.
Since 1993, Matthew J. Wichrowski has been senior horticultural therapist at the Enid A. Haupt Glass Garden, part of the Rusk...Read More
A statewide commitment to the field
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has passed the 2013 Horticultural Therapy Resolution. This is the first endorsement of its kind in the United States.
The resolution was passed by 120 delegates from 21 New Jersey counties. Department of Agriculture delegates represent the fields of agriculture, horticulture, education, farm bureau, nursery, landscape, greenhouse, and vegetable growers, the State University, Cooperative Extension.
The Resolution, which recognizes...Read More
2013 Conference highlighted it's anniversary by "Honoring the Past...Envisioning the Future"
The 2013 Conference, which celebrated the Association's 40-year history, took place at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, September 20th and 21st and was a rousing success!
This year's anniversay celebration featured past AHTA presidents and luminaries from the field, as well as a host of international presenters...Read More
Rotary International and Rutgers Launch Enabling Gardens Initiative
In celebration of National Horticultural Therapy Week (March 18-24, 2012), Rotary International District 7510 and Rutgers University joined forces and resources to launch an enabling garden initiative in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties. The launch was major step on the road to realizing the dream held by Laura DePrado, Rotary International member and co-coordinator of the joint Rotary-Rutgers project.