Horticultural Therapy as a Career
A love of gardening and compassion for others may inspire someone to consider a career in HT; however, these are not the entire basis of a career decision. Horticultural therapists require extensive training in applying horticulture-based activities as treatment interventions to improve and enhance the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of diverse client populations.
A therapeutic session might begin with an assessment of an individual’s functioning level. Next, a customized plan is developed to target specific goals. The plan might incorporate a range of activities from plant propagation and maintenance to floral design and plant sales.
The most successful horticultural therapists are analytical and well-organized, demonstrating strong leadership skills and a collaborative work-style. Moreover, throughout their career they maintain a high level of skill in therapeutic diagnoses and the potential impact of impairments on quality of life, as well as knowledge of plant science and horticulture techniques.
HTs can typically work independently or as members of a clinical team that includes doctors, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals. In short, horticultural therapists are empathetic, patient, self-confident, flexible, resourceful, and entrepreneurial.