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 the Buehler 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.