A trained professional in a plant-rich environment can provide an opportunity for healing, stress reduction, physical exercise, and endless learning. Chicago Botanic Garden professionals enable participants to engage with elements of the plant world in a planned, individualized, and expertly directed manner.
The Garden is a world leader in providing therapeutic horticulture experiences to visitors at the Garden as well as at facilities throughout the Chicago area. The horticultural therapy department also offers certificate programs for special-education personnel, healthcare providers and administrators, and landscape professionals. These programs explore the multiple health benefits that are available in nature.
Horticultural Therapy is supported by an endowment from the Buehler Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc., Albers/Kuhn Family Foundation, The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation, The Brinson Foundation, The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation, HSBC, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Kemper Educational and Charitable Trust, and the Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation, as well as endowments established by the estate of Florence Rantz, the Kenilworth Garden Club, the Julien H. Collins and Bertha M. Collins Fund, and the Helen and Maurice Weigle Fund at The Chicago Community Trust.