Many of us don't think twice when we open the door and step
outside to tend to the garden, go for a walk, or to simply
breathe in the fresh air. Others don't have that freedom because
they are bound by physical, cognitive or psychological limitations.
Providing these people with the opportunity
to interact with plants may benefit them in a variety of ways.
Horticultural therapy (HT) is facilitated by a trained therapist who engages the client in
horticultural activities with the intent of achieving specific treatment goals. Therapeutic
horticulture (TH) is a practice that uses plants and plant-related
activities to promote well-being. Both practices bring plants
and people together to achieve therapeutic benefits.
beds ease accessibility to gardening activities for those who have limited mobility.
HT activities are tailored to ability level,
almost anyone can benefit from them. Particular work, such
as arranging and gluing pressed flowers, is suitable for people
with steady hand-eye coordination. Projects using bigger materials,
such as planting bulbs in large pots, are better suited to
those with less coordination. The activities should encourage participants to ensure feelings of success
For those with limited mobility, ease of access is vital.
In particular, for a participant with limited reaching or bending
ability, raised-garden beds make all the difference because
they can be built at a level that makes the soil surface more
accessible. This ensures that mobility issues don't act as a barrier
to the participant's enjoyment of the activity.