IPPS 2016

The People Plant Council is proud to announce its partnership with the Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay in presenting the 2016 International People Plant Symposium (IPPS). This symposium will take place El Hotel Escuela Kolping ,  Montevideo, Uruguay, November 10, 11, and 12, 2016. The purpose of the …

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The Creation Spiral

Annette Beerens and Marinus Knoope I would like to share with you the underlying philosophy of my work as a horticultural therapist. I work with all kinds of people who suffer from ‘knots’ in their lives. Burnout, depression or midlife crisis. All the issues these people encounter have to do …

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Nature-based rehabilitation at the Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden

Anna María Pálsdóttir The Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden, established in 2002, offers nature-based rehabilitation (NBR) for individuals with stress-related mental illnesses such as exhaustion disorder (ED) (ICD-10 F43.8).  ED occurs after many years of prolonged stress and the lack of sufficient recovery. The symptoms are severe tiredness and exhaustion, with low …

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Horticultural Therapy & Community-dwelling Elderly with Dementia: An illustration of group intervention in Hong Kong

Fung Yuen Yee, Connie  Horticultural Therapist Registered (AHTA)   Registered Social Work   President  HK Association of Therapeutic Horticulture    Population aging is a profound, pervasive and enduring storm sweeping across the world. Hong Kong is no exception. According to the HK statistics 2008, Hong Kong’s population has moved closer to …

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Missouri Botanical Garden: Enriching Lives Through Therapeutic Horticulture

Donald Frisch gives us an inside look at how the Missouri Botanical Garden approaches the human dimension through therapeutic horticulture programming.  Mr. Frisch is a registered Horticultural Therapist, and the Therapeutic Horticulture Programs Coordinator at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  He has worked for the Missouri Botanical Garden for over seven …

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Hawai’i evaluates school gardens as an approach to curb childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a significant problem in the United States, and school gardens have increased in popularity as part of the solution. The article, “Perceptions of Middle School Educators in Hawai‘i about School-based Gardening and Child Health,” by AT Ahmed et al., (2011) evaluates the perceived benefits that educators in Hawai’i have of school …

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Therapeutic gardens and the elderly

The review article, “What Is the Evidence to Support the Use of Therapeutic Gardens for the Elderly?” by MB Detweiler et al. (2012), takes a comprehensive view of the use of therapeutic gardens for the various ailments of our aging populations. This article goes through the history of horticultural therapy and outlines the many …

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