Chicago Botanic Garden

Horticultural Therapy Services

PHOTO: The Buehler Enabling Garden in midsummer bloom

The Buehler Enabling Garden

The Buehler Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a world-class model promoting universal garden design, tools, equipment, and techniques that engage people of all abilities and ages in gardening. Since its beginning, the Garden's Horticultural Therapy Services has contracted with hundreds of health and human service agencies. Because of the welcoming accessibility and the breadth of experience of the horticultural therapy staff, the Buehler Enabling Garden is a model site for programs that foster a direct experience of nature. This garden also is the focus for the on-site portion of the hybrid Certificate of Excellence in Horticultural Therapy through the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Additional educational offerings here include portions of the Health Care Garden Design Certificate, intensive study tours, workshops for special education teachers, and continuing education for heath-care providers.

Garden planting and maintenance is provided by the Garden Coordinator and a host of volunteers, groups with varying special needs, veterans participating in stress-reduction programs and more.


The expertise gained by Garden horticultural therapists serving such diverse audiences makes the contract service program uniquely qualified to establish programming at your agency.