Webinar series

The American Horticultural Therapy Association and the International People Plant Council has produced a free webinar series titled: “Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being”. The series aims to share innovations in the field and highlight efforts to promote health, wellness and quality of life through horticulture. The webinars will provide you with the opportunity to learn and interact with practitioners, educators, and researchers in diverse locations and regions.

The series is composed of the following four webinars:

  • Horticulture and the Community, 16 September 2020, 7 pm EDT
  • Working Together to Advance the Application of Horticulture to Human Well-being, 21 October 2020, 4:00 PM (PDT) / 7:00 PM (EDT) – Register today!
  • The Research Evidence, 20 January 2021, 7 pm EST
  • Evidence-based Practice in Horticultural Therapeutic Interventions, 17 February 2021, 7 pm EST

Part 2: Working Together to Advance the Application of Horticulture to Human Wellbeing 

October 21 2020 | 4:00 PM (PDT) / 7:00 PM (EDT)

Collaboration is the key to growth and sustainability of horticulture as a therapeutic and wellness tool. We will look at it from the horticultural industry perspective, the public horticulture perspective and conclude with comments on what action practitioners can take to further collaboration. In this webinar you will hear from three international leaders that have contributed greatly to advancing the application of horticulture for human health and wellbeing.

 Register today!

We are partnering with Kansas State University Global Campus to provide Continuing Education Hours for the Webinar series. Please visit our website for more information.

For more information about the webinars, contact Dr. Candice Shoemaker, Kansas State University, at cshoemak@k-state.edu. Questions regarding registration for continuing education hours should be addressed to registration@k-state.edu, with the subject line “Horticulture Webinar Series.”

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Charlie Hall
Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University

Dr. Charlie Hall grew up in the horticulture industry on a nursery in Western North Carolina. Although an economist by training, he is currently a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University and holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture. His major areas of specialization include innovative management and marketing strategies, financial analysis and benchmarking, and the future of nursery and greenhouse crops. He will address how the horticulture industry can work with research, education, healthcare, tourism, finance and other facets within parts of our communities to promote the importance of horticulture to human health, well-being and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy Bradley
Associate Department Head, Department Extension Leader, Consumer and Community Horticulture Specialist, Department of Horticultural 
North Carolina State University

Dr. Lucy Bradley is an urban pioneer, raising chickens, bees and a son in an edible landscape full of native plants. She is currently the Associate Department Head, Department Extension Leader, and Consumer and Community Horticulture Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University.  She will talk about how horticulture departments, botanic gardens, and the extension service can work with the community to provide research, education and outreach (including volunteers) to reach specific populations and increase the use of horticulture as a therapeutic tool.

Dr. Paula Diane Relf
Professor and Extension SpecialistA
Virginia Tech University

Dr. Paula Diane Relf grew up in East Texas, an avid gardener since childhood. She is currently Professor Emeritus after a distinguished career as a Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech University. She was a founding member of what is now the American Horticultural Therapy Association and established the International People Plant Council. She will moderate the session and explore collaborations that practitioners can make with each other, with industries, universities and other professionals to foster the use of horticulture as a therapeutic tool.

For questions please contact Candice Shoemaker at cshoemak@ksu.edu

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