The Buehler Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a hands-on teaching garden that promotes 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 with nature. This garden also is the focus for the on-site portion of the Horticultural Therapy Certificate through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr., School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Additional educational offerings at the Garden include portions of the Healthcare Garden Design Certificate, intensive study tours, workshops for special-education teachers, and continuing education for heathcare 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.