Direct Services

The Buehler Enabling Garden

With more than 40 years of programming experience, Horticultural Therapy Direct Services is uniquely prepared to plan and deliver seasonal therapeutic horticulture sessions at our site or yours.

In our experience, using therapeutic horticulture with other interventions produces significant results when the goal is to actively engage clients in improving their health. Research has demonstrated that when attention is directed toward nature, predictable reduction of stress results. Our therapists specialize in actively engaging clients of all levels of ability with gardening and other natural elements. Our typical contracts are detailed below; however, we can also customize a contract to suit your specific needs. Come garden with us!

At Your Facility

The Christopher School

Year-round, one of our trained horticultural therapists will come to your site with all supplies needed to conduct a session or create a container garden. We travel throughout the Chicago area to schools with students who have special needs, to residential or day-care facilities, and more. Contracts are usually provided per season, but individual arrangements will be considered.

Spring Contract
Before the weather allows for outdoor gardening, these sessions satisfy the need for nature we all share. Eight weekly sessions for up to 15 participants include fresh flower arrangements, use of dried natural materials in art projects, starting seed for transplant later, and more. Use of a four-shelf light cart is included, if needed.
Cost per contract: $2,500

Summer Contract
Beginning after the danger of frost, our horticultural therapy staff will help you grow a garden in large, accessible containers. We will deliver the containers and all soil, plants, and tools. In eight sessions scheduled over 16 weeks, a therapist will travel to your site to train you and your clients in garden maintenance. It will be your responsibility to ensure the health of the garden through proper watering and maintenance. There will be sessions that use the products of the garden to create beautiful arrangements and edible treats.
Cost per contract: $3,500

Fall Contract
As days shorten and we spend more time indoors, these eight weekly sessions focus on harvest, the abundance of nature, and creating lasting beauty indoors. Designed to accommodate up to 15 participants, each session will be led by a horticultural therapist at your facility and will include all supplies needed.
Cost per contract: $2,500

At the Buehler Enabling Garden

The Beuhler Enabling Garden

During the growing season (mid-May through mid-October) we conduct sessions for up to 15 participants in our outdoor classroom using this fully accessible garden. The content of the session is tailored to each group's specific needs and goals. Examples include taking a cutting from a garden plant and potting it up to take home; learning about the life cycle of a seed and planting a variety of seeds; using blossoms and foliage from the garden to make an arrangement or an individual or group art project; or harvesting herbs to mix and taste in a delicious dip.

For students with significant special needs, we can modify the offerings under Student Field Trips. We can provide anything from a self-guided tour to an individually designed therapeutic horticulture program as noted above. The Buehler Enabling Garden is a safe and comfortable garden where students with sensory processing disorders can experience nature and gardening. Students will be immersed in hands-on activities relating to plants and their sensory properties, have opportunities to increase socialization, and be immersed in a plant-rich environment that supports overcoming tactile defensiveness. We are also able to provide an in-school field trip by bringing all supplies needed to your location. Call (847) 835-8248 for more information.

Wednesday – Friday, mid-May through mid-October
$120; includes parking and all supplies
Maximum number of participants: 15.  In addition, proper ratio of staff to participants is required.