Horticultural Therapy: Nurturing Plants Nurtures People
Have you ever heard of Horticultural Therapy or Therapeutic Horticulture? Registered Horticultural Therapist and Adult Education Program Manager at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Irene Brady Barber, will explain about the value and practice of Horticultural Therapy through the lens of the HT program offered in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses in Boothbay, Maine. Just as art therapy, music therapy and other applied creative therapies are complimentary modalities to traditional healthcare services, horticultural therapy offers people of all abilities the chance to nurture themselves and reach personal goals, such as physical rehabilitation, mental health support, cognitive restoration and so much more. Trained HT specialists create and run customized programs offered in a wide variety of public and private settings. Come learn more about the power of horticultural therapy during this virtual presentation that will show inspiring images of therapeutic design, plants for the senses, and specific HT program sessions. Motivated by and deeply focused on connecting people to plants, Irene Brady Barber, horticulturist, landscape designer and Registered Horticultural Therapist, manages the Adult Education Program and the Horticultural Therapy Program for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.