Horticultural Therapy: Connecting People and Plants

Date: March 11, 2016 - March 11, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI 48824

The Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association (MHTA) is excited to host this program in conjunction with Agriculture and Natural Resources Week at Michigan State University (MSU). This event is useful to anyone interested in learning how the people-plant interaction brings therapeutic change and improves well-being. Join us for presentations, networking, vendors, books sales and more as we learn more about using horticulture as therapy.

This event features informative breakout sessions, book and product sales, hands-on workshops, displays, refreshments, door prizes and an optional visit to the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden (which has an indoor as well as an outdoor area). Join us to learn aspects of horticultural therapy that can enhance adult day services, seniors programs, children’s programs, recreational therapy programs, school gardens, community and healing gardens, corrections programs, hospice programs, medical care and mental health services, rehabilitation programs and more.

Dr. Candice Shoemaker will present the keynote address “New Horizons: Evidence-Based Practice and the Future of Horticultural Therapy.” We are honored to welcome this Michigan native and MSU alumni. Dr. Shoemaker, a professor of horticulture and human health, is head of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources at Kansas State University. Widely published and internationally connected, she also directs the graduate program in horticultural therapy. You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear her share her research information, knowledge of evidence-based practice and thoughts on the future of horticultural therapy.


The early registration fee is $60 for MHTA members and $80 for nonmembers (postmarked by March 4). Regular registration is $70 for MHTA members, $90 for nonmembers and $30 for full-time students. Annual MHTA membership is $20. The registration fee includes lunch with a vegetarian option available. A block of hotel rooms are reserved for Thursday and Friday night.

For complete program and registration information, go to www.michiganhta.org or contact Cathy Flinton at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)