Since 1977, the Chicago Botanic Garden's Horticultural Therapy Services program has assisted hundreds of health and human service agencies in establishing and sustaining horticultural therapy programs. These programs are designed to advance individual and group treatment plans or to engage people with disabilities and older adults in safe, comfortable gardening experiences adapted to varied abilities and interests. We were a public-garden pioneer in developing and demonstrating enabling garden structures and techniques. We are committed to spreading the word about enabling gardens; what makes them enabling, who can use them, and how they can improve the quality of life of older adults and people with disabilities.
Through our study tour, experienced staff members provide participants with abundant face-to-face meeting time, customized to answer all of your questions. You will also receive a packet of valuable resources including samples of activity plans, marketing pieces, and supply resources.