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Healing in the Garden (Virtual Workshop)

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Learn from horticultural therapist Joanne D'Auria (of HortAbility LLC) how the garden can foster multiple healing benefits for those experiencing and working in the garden. She delves into the history of horticulture therapy, the scientific evidence backing it up, how we can all benefit from it, and ways to incorporate practices in your garden for all ages and populations.

Check out the virtual workshop hosted as part of our GrowNYC Beginner Gardener Intensive on June 2, 2022.

Check out the slides from the workshop in the pdf below.

Healing in the Garden slides
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Additional Resources


  • Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth and Families, by David Segal, Kathryn rose, and Nevin J. Harper, New Society Publishers, 2019

  • Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practice, Editors Sharon Simson, Martha C. Straus, CRC Press, 1998

  • Horticultural Therapy Methods, Editors Christine L. Kramer, Rebecca L. Haller,CRC Press, 2006

  • Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs: Engaging with Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills, by Natasha Etherington, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012

  • Generations Gardening Together: Sourcebook for Intergenerational Therapeutic Horticulture, by Jean M. Larson, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, Food Products Press, 2006 (a source book)

  • The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith, Scribner, 2020


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