Chicago Botanic Garden

Horticultural Therapy Services

Publications and Resources

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.

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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.

Health Through Horticulture: A Guide for Using the Outdoor Garden for Therapeutic Outcomes
This manual provides complete instructions for developing an outdoor garden and 20 full session plans for programming engagement in the garden for people of all ages and abilities.

Garden for Life Publications
The following Garden for Life publications can be ordered through the Horticultural Therapy Department.

• Designing Your Home Enabling Garden
• Horticultural Therapy: Helping People Grow
• Vertical Gardening
• Barrier-Free Gardening in Containers
• Healthy Habits for Gardening
• Raised Bed Gardening
• Sensational Plants
• Paving Alternatives for the Accessible Garden
• Universal Design


American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)
610 Freedom Business Center, #110
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 992-0020

American Community Gardening Association
1777 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH, 43203-2040
(877) 275-2242

Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association
100 Westmount Rd.
Guelph, Ontario CA N1H5H8

National Gardening Association
237 Commerce St., Suite 101
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 863-5251


Adil, Janeen R. Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools and Plants. Bethesda, Md.: Woodbine House, 1994.

Flagler, Joel and Raymond P. Poincelot, eds. People-Plant Relationships: Setting Research Priorities. New York: Food Products Press, 1994.

Marcus, Clare Cooper and Marni Barnes. Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: Uses, Therapeutic Benefits, and Design Recommendations. Martinez, Calif.: Center for Health Design, 1995.

Moore, B. Growing with Gardening: A Twelve-Month Guide for Therapy, Recreation, and Education. Chapel Hill, N. C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

Raised Bed Gardening: A Resource Manual for Patients, Families and Professionals. Englewood, Colo.: Craig Hospital, 1988.

Relf, Diane, ed. The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-Being and Social Development. Portland, Ore.: Timber Press, 1992.

Rothert, Gene. The Enabling Garden: Creating Barrier-Free Gardens. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1994.

Simson, Sharon P. and Martha Straus, eds. Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practices. New York: Haworth Press, Inc., 1998.

Stine, Sharon. Landscapes for Learning. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1997.

Wells, Suzanne E. with American Horticultural Therapy Association and Friends Organization, eds. Horticultural Therapy and the Older Adult Population. New York: Haworth Press, Inc., 1997.

Woy, Joann. Accessible Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Seniors and the Disabled. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1997.

Yeomans, Kathleen. The Able Gardener: Overcoming Barriers of Age and Physical Limitations. Pownal, Vt.: Storey Communications, 1992.


Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, American Horticulture Therapy Association,
Elizabeth R. Messer Diehl, ASLA, HTM

The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill
Reading, England RG7 2AT