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Horticultural therapy is the purposeful use of plants and gardens to promote individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual well-being. While the therapeutic use of plants is an ancient art, horticultural therapy as a named profession was established in the United States in 1973 by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA).
(source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A Therapeutic Garden is an outdoor garden space (or also indoor) that has been specifically designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the people using the garden as well as their caregivers, family members and friends. Therapeutic Gardens can be found in a variety of settings, including but not limited to hospitals, skilled nursing homes, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, out-patient cancer centers, hospice residences, and other related healthcare and residential environments. The focus of the gardens is primarily on incorporating plants and friendly wildlife into the space. The settings can be designed to include active uses such as raised planters for horticultural therapy activities or programmed for passive uses such as quiet private sitting areas.
(source: wikipédia)

• Social benefits:
--- relate to others
--- share the results
--- friendly competition

• physical benefits:
--- be active
--- outdoor physical activities
--- walk and healthy exercises

• psychological and emotional benefits:
--- self-confidence and self-esteem
--- enthusiasm to face the future
--- creative minds
--- tolerance towards frustrations
--- an intense concentration

 
 


      Liens externes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therapeutic_garden
http://ahta.org/horticultural-therapy

http://ncbg.unc.edu/horticultural-therapy/
http://www.chta.ca/
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