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Publications

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.

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Garden for Life Fact Sheets
Available as a PDF Download

Includes:
What is horticultural therapy?
Designing your own barrier-free garden
Barrier-free gardening with containers and raised beds
Plants for the Senses
Fee: $20

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Inclusive Gardening

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.

Manual: Gardening as a Social Enterprise: Including People with Disabilities

The project was funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.