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Re: Horticultural Therapy

Contact the American Horticultural Therapy Association at (303) 331-3862
or www.ahta.org. They are the current licensing body for horticultural
therapists, and have a wealth of information on the therapeutic effects
of gardening. They can also put you in touch with other prision-based HT
programs throughout the country.

Since you are also on the East Coast, you could contact the HT
certificate program at the New York Botanical Gardens. The instructors in
the program are involved in HT programs at hospitals, nursing homes,
prisons, rehab centers, and schools throughout the Northeast. They can be
reached at (718) 817-8747 or www.nybg.org/edu/conted. Carolyn West is the
coordinator of the HT certificate program.

Happy hunting!
Jennifer Barricklow
North Haven CT

> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 11:32:25 -0400
> From: Leo Horrigan <lhorriga@jhsph.edu>
> Reply-To: lhorriga@jhsph.edu
> Organization: JHSPH
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] Horticultural Therapy
> To Whom it May Interest:
> We are starting up a gardening project in a minimum-security prison 
> here
> in Baltimore. Among other benefits, I am interested in promoting the
> therapeutic aspects of gardening, particularly since many of the 
> inmates
> have substance abuse problems.
> The idea makes sense to me on a gut level, but I would like to get 
> ahold
> of some research (if it exists) that confirms this link between
> gardening and therapy, to help me make the case for it. Does anyone 
> know
> of any good research on horticultural therapy?
> There is also some interest in preparing inmates for
> horticulture-related jobs on "the outside." Does anyone know of any
> organizations that might help us with this aspect?
> Thanks for any help you can offer.
> Leo Horrigan
> Center for a Livable Future
> Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Public Health
> Baltimore, MD
> (410) 223-1609
> www.jhsph.edu/environment/
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