Chicago Botanic Garden

Horticultural Therapy Services

Horticultural Therapy-Based Workshops for Master Gardeners


Since 1977, the Chicago Botanic Garden has had a Therapeutic Horticulture program widely regarded for excellence. Our on-site award-winning Enabling Garden display, therapeutic horticulture programming, outreach services to healthcare and human service agencies, professional education programs, and consulting services in healthcare garden planning and design are considered to be among the best in the nation and around the world.

In recent years, university extension offices with Master Gardener programs have requested workshops that teach practical aspects of barrier-free garden design, and adaptive tools and equipment, along with the best sensory plant materials used in therapeutic horticulture activities. Many Master Gardener programs support such programs in their region; most are interested in helping anyone keep gardening a safe and comfortable part of life when traditional "down on one's hands and knees" methods become too challenging.

We are able to customize a workshop for a Master Gardener group to meet their specific needs. The workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a reservation basis Monday through Friday during the growing season, which extends roughly from mid-May through mid-October. Workshops are conducted outdoors in the Buehler Enabling Garden by staff horticultural therapists.

These workshops are a great way of offering your Master Gardeners a professional continuing education opportunity, equipping them to help others keep gardening as a vital part of life. And they are combined with a visit to one of America's great public gardens!

Workshop fees are $85 per person for a minimum of three people. Fee includes handouts and all materials used, plus one copy of each of our manuals.

For questions related to a workshop, please call (847) 835-8248.