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Horticultural Therapy Education

General Information:

The Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA) is pleased to assist with researching available therapeutic horticulture (TH) and horticultural therapy (HT) education options by listing several current education sites. Only agencies and instructors who are members in good standing of the CHTA are eligible for a listing on the CHTA Education page.

These listings do not constitute an endorsement by the CHTA for these programs. It is important to obtain detailed information about course curricula and instructor qualifications when you research study options.

If you are considering enrolling in a continuing education program in HT or TH, please note that such courses will only be considered for recognition toward voluntary professional registration where the program originates in Canada and is taught by a registered horticultural therapist who is a member in good standing of the CHTA.

Please take the time to review other sections of the CHTA website pertaining to education and the CHTA's voluntary professional registration process in order to select the most appropriate education path for your experience and background.

It is important that any educational opportunity in HT or TH be inclusive of components that the CHTA considers a necessary part of training to become a competent therapeutic horticulture professional.

The CHTA provides a comprehensive list of key competencies in a policy document which can be reviewed and downloaded here: CHTA - HT Core Skills and Knowledge - 2014.

The much anticipated French language version of this document is now available and can be downloaded here: CHTA - Connaissances et compétences fondamentales de l'hortithérapie - 2014.

Students seeking education programs in TH and HT should be aware that some education service providers post inaccurate and out-of-date information on their websites. Please take the time to cross reference any statements made by an education service provider with respect with the document above.

Members of the CHTA are also advised to obtain a copy of the CHTA Guidelines for Voluntary Professional Registration from the CHTA's administrative assistant at

Voluntary professional registration is a member benefit. The Guidelines provide specific detail about documentation required to support an application, including records for education programs.

Contact the Education Coordinator at to find out about the guidelines for listing education programs on the HT Education page and for requesting listing updates.

Education Sites (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Aimée Taylor - Therapeutic Horticulture
Therapeutic horticulture workshops, Vancouver, BC
Contact: Aimee Taylor HTR -

Ann Kent HTM - Horticultural Therapy
HT Professional Development Program, HT Certificate & Workshops - Vancouver, BC
Contact: Ann Kent HTM -

Chanchal Cabrera
Courses and workshops on herbal medicine, Courtenay, BC
Contact: Chanchal Cabrera -

Gardening for Life
Contact: Margaret Nevett HTR -

Gardens That Heal
Seasonal workshops on TH and nature-based activities, Vancouver, BC
Contact: Alyssa Hall -

Langara College - Continuing Studies: Sustainable Living
Courses in horticulture and horticultural therapy, Vancouver, BC
Contact: Peggy Harowitz -

Mitchell L. Hewson HTM LT RAHP
Administrator, Horticultural Therapy in Practice

One Green Square Wellness Consulting
Organizational wellness programs and personal development coaching, Burnaby, BC
Contact: Cheney Creamer –

Toronto Botanical Garden
Horticultural therapy and gardening courses and workshops
Contact: Adult Education Coordinator, Maggie Janik -

University of Guelph
Online courses in horticulture, plant propagation, sustainable urban landscapes and landscaping

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Workshops on horticulture and health and wellness, gardening, and garden design
Contact: Education Director -