World Therapeutic Horticulture Day

Following the success of the first World Therapeutic Horticulture Day in 2023 it is proposed that World Therapeutic Horticulture Day 2024 will be held on Saturday 18th May 2024.

The day will be  dedicated to highlighting the numerous therapeutic benefits of horticulture and gardening, such as improved mental and physical health, as well as the positive impact it can have on the environment.

Did you know? Therapeutic horticulture is a practice that embraces the healing power of nature to promote physical and emotional well-being. It involves using plants, gardens, and nature to help people improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

There are many reasons to celebrate therapeutic horticulture. First and foremost, it has been shown to be an effective therapy for a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. It can also help improve socialization skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

The aims of World Therapeutic Horticulture Day are:

1)     to raise awareness about the therapeutic use of horticulture throughout the world, the skilled practitioners who work in this field and the benefits this brings to society.

2)     To connect and partner with other groups around the world that are focused on therapeutic horticulture, horticultural or garden therapy and other nature or plant-based interventions.

Therapeutic horticulture is a sustainable approach to healthcare that has a positive impact on the environment. It promotes the responsible use of natural resources and encourages the cultivation of plants that provide various benefits, such as cleaner air and water.

Additionally, therapeutic horticulture is practiced in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools, and community gardens. This makes it a versatile therapy that can be tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of individuals.

Therapeutic horticulture practitioners

The role and value of therapeutic horticulture practitioners cannot be underestimated – they are vital allies to health and care professionals. A therapeutic horticulture practitioner uses gardening and nature-based activities as a therapeutic tool to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Their role is to design, plan, and implement horticulture-based interventions that aim to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and groups.

We want to celebrate and promote the brilliant work that these practitioners do and the positive impact it has on both individuals and the environment.