Horticulture as a Work Program for Therapy

Plankinton, Herbert
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University of Delaware
During the early part of the twentieth century, the popularity of horticultural activities for therapeutic programs increased tremendously. A study was undertaken trace the state of horticultural therapy programs across the United States and to outline the possibilities for horticulture to complement existing forms of therapy. Horticultural therapy is one of the newer therapeutical approaches to long-range patient care programs, which have become important to many types of hospitals. A survey was used to gather information on present horticultural therapy programs so that site visits could be made to interview staff and examine the programs. Many hospitals consider horticulture to be valuable part of their adjunctive therapy as well as an aid to the rehabilitation of the ill and handicapped. Horticulture is appreciated for what it can do to satisfy the mental, physical and spiritual needs of man. It has broad appeal and great flexibility in that it may be enjoyed actively or with peace and quiet. Based on the results of this study, a manual of horticultural therapy incorporating aspects of various programs across the nation, as well as new ideas, has been developed. Advisor(s): Richard Lighty, and Marguerite Termini
Therapeutic horticulture , Horticulture therapy , People-plant interactions , Sociology