The Chicago Botanic Garden's Horticultural Therapy Services acts as a national clearinghouse for information about the therapeutic uses of horticulture. This includes information about enabling gardening, adaptive tools, and horticultural therapy books. Where noted, select resources are available for order below.
Health Through Horticulture Indoor Gardening Activity Plans
The manual provides complete information for conducting 17 indoor gardening activities for therapeutic outcomes. Each session plan was developed and tested by Chicago Botanic Garden Horticultural Therapy Services staff.
Health Through Horticulture: A Guide for Using the Outdoor Garden for Therapeutic Outcomes
This manual provides complete instructions for developing an outdoor garden and 20 full session plans for programming engagement in the garden for people of all ages and abilities.
Garden for Life Publications
The following Garden for Life publications can be ordered through the Horticultural Therapy department.
• Designing Your Home Enabling Garden
• Horticultural Therapy: Helping People Grow
• Vertical Gardening
• Barrier-Free Gardening in Containers
• Healthy Habits for Gardening
• Raised Bed Gardening
• Sensational Plants
• Paving Alternatives for the Accessible Garden
• Universal Design
The following Garden guide offers a wealth of information and practical guidance for those who want to use inclusive gardening to work with people who have disabilities.
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