The interdisciplinary horticultural therapy program at Nazareth College provides an introduction to the fields of horticulture and therapy. Courses for this minor will be offered online whenever possible. The minor can be taken as part of a B.A. or B.S. degree.
Horticulture therapy is helpful in achieving many kinds of goals including improved mood, general wellness, stroke recovery, physical rehabilitation and job training. It is used with people of all ages and abilities. Horticulture therapy can be used in a wide variety of settings including nursing homes, hospice, prisons, dementia units, schools, sheltered workshops and clinics.
Education: Ph.D. Ecology, Kent State University; M.S Biology, University of Akron; M.A. Urban Studies and Planning, Antioch University; B.A. Biology and Creative Writing, Evergreen State College
Teaching and Research Interests: Plant biology, including pollination, plant responses to the environment, and best practices for propagating plants; medicinal and cultural use of plants; using plants to remove toxicants from the environment; the neurobiology of learning and its application in the classroom; and horticultural therapy.
"Using a horticultural therapy approach has the potential to improve outcomes. When the focus of the client becomes the plant and not the skill they are trying to develop, the skill can develop naturally."
Nazareth’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Health and Human Services partner to use a horticultural therapy approach to help aphasia patients regain language skills.