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 American Horticultural Therapy Association recognizes excellence in its field with the bestowment of annual awards to outstanding practioners and organizations. The recipients for 2015 are: The Rhea McCandliss Professional Service Award: Connie Fung Yuen Yee, HTR, RHT, RSW and Rebecca Haller, HTM; Ann Lane Mavromatis Scholarship: Christine Penman, BSc; AHTA Publication Award: Nancy Chambers, HTR; Gwenn Fried, Matthew Wichrowski, MSW, HTR; AHTA Therapeutic Garden Design Award: The Warrior and Family Support Center...Read More
The Fall edition of the AHTA News Magazine is now available to AHTA Members on the AHTA Members Only page. Featuring articles on the role of horticultural therapy in caring for those with Dementia, the new edition also features a profile of AHTA Member Pamela Catlin, HTR. The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture is also available to members and non-members. AHTA members may access their free electronic copy of the Journal via the AHTA Members Only page. Hard copies of the Journal are available through...Read More
Almost 200 participants journeyed to Portland, Oregon for the largest AHTA Conference in recent history. Attendees from all over world chose from over 25 sessions that focused on the research that shapes the landscape of horticultural therapy.
Roger S. Ulrich, PhD, delivered the opening Keynote Address: Measuring the Benefits of a Garden for Hospital Populations, which detailed Dr. Ulrich's research at Legacy Hospital. Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA spoke prior the the AHTA Business Meeting: Seeking, Stumbling and Sometimes Succeeding: Designing...Read More
Earlier this Spring, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law the bill that specifies that the third week in March will be "Horticultural Therapy Week" in NJ. Sponsored by Senator Christopher "Kip" Batemen, this bill is designed to "...raise awareness of Horticultural Therapy [and] will hopefully expand opportunities for more people to take advantage of the many benefits it offers." AHTA member Laura DePrado, HTR and AHTA President MaryAnne McMillan have worked with various agencies in New Jersey to see that this legislation came to a vote....Read More
AHTA is proud to announce that we are now members of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). AHTA joins Longwood Gardens, American Public Gardens Association and the American Horticultural Society as members in the world's premier professional society for horticultural science. Founded in 1903, the mission of ASHS is to promote and encourage national and international interest in scientific research and education.Read More
One of the major accomplishments of the recent AHTA Board of Directors meeting was the adoption of two important professional documents: the AHTA Code of Professional Ethics for Horticutural Therapists and the AHTA Standards of Practice for Horticultural Therapy. Click here to read more and to access these important documents.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
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
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...