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Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association

Horticultural Therapy (HT) and Therapeutic Horticulture (TH) use plants, gardens, and the natural landscape to improve cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

The Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA) promotes the use of horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture for diverse populations and in a wide variety of settings.

The CHTA is a non-profit organization incorporated in May, 1987. The CHTA works to advance HT education and practice across Canada. It has a membership base of over 175 individuals and institutions located in Canada, the United States, and internationally.


The CHTA Goals are to:

  • promote and advance the use of horticultural therapy in Canada
  • develop guidelines for HT and TH education programs
  • provide information about HT and TH via this web site
  • manage support services for its members

CHTA membership benefits include:

  • quarterly newsletter
  • membership directory
  • annual conference and annual general meeting
  • voluntary professional registration process
  • published guidelines for HT and TH education programs
  • information about HT internships and job postings
  • access to therapist liability insurance for members with appropriate qualifications.

Tiny rose "The Fairy" in a 2" pot,
ready to go to work

Photo by Ann Kent


Communication is via the CHTA website, with information and links available to both members and the public at large, and a quarterly newsletter available to members of the CHTA.

For more information, please see About Horticultural Therapy, Education, and Registration pages.

Please follow up-to-date news about horticultural therapy and related areas on the CHTA's Facebook site.