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Activities are an important component of horticultural therapy (HT) and therapeutic horticulture (TH) programs, where intentional connections to plants are an essential element. The activities found here in the Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Database (THAD) have been developed or adapted by HT professionals and are presented in compliance with standards of practice from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (2022) and can be adapted and implemented by a broad range of practitioners. 

THAD uses three primary categories to present and organize activities: Activities, Goals, and Populations which can be accessed by clicking on the buttons below. Each primary category will contain related sub-categories which further divide activities. Both the primary and sub-categories are listed at the top of the activity page.

Each activity includes the following essential elements

description of activity 
therapeutic goals 
step-by-step process for delivery 
materials list 

safety considerations 
applications for populations 
contributing author and photographer


Our Partners

Florida Horticulture For Health Network

Nova Scotia Horticulture For Health Network

California Horticultural Therapy Network

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network

Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network

University of Florida Certificate in Horticultural Therapy

The information presented on this website is published in good faith and intended for general information purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. It is the facilitator’s responsibility to know what plants and plant parts are poisonous or toxic. Any action you take based on the information on the website is strictly at your own risk and THAD or University of Florida will not be liable for any losses or damages in connection with the use of our website. For information or concerns about the toxicity of plants, contact the local Poison Control Center in your area. A directory of these is available from The American Association of Poison Control Centers.