Toronto Botanical Garden’s Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program

HT Certificate Module Four: HT Management & Community Development
*Prerequisite Modules 1, 2 & 3*
Weekends, March 18 & 19, April 8 & 9, 22 & 23, 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn how to fundraise for and market HT programs and build community support in this final HT module. Students will gain confidence through the presentation of comprehensive HT program proposals.
Public $690; Members $575
[PG17W18] Margaret Nevett, HTR


HT Certificate Module One

Registration  will open in March 2017. The course will begin May 2017.
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Explore the many benefits of connecting people and plants. Learn how to deliver horticultural therapy programs that are suitable and adaptable for all ages and abilities, and that include caring for plants – indoors and out, connecting with nature, arranging flowers, and creating botanical arts and crafts. Help your clients optimize their physical and mental health and improve their quality of life through horticulture.

Toronto Botanical Garden’s Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program offers a comprehensive look at the principles and practices for the professional use of horticulture as therapy. This four-part program focuses on the core skills and knowledge recommended by the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA), however it is not delivered by nor certified by this association.

The 200 hours of required course include 120 classroom hours plus tours, independent study and assignments. The course is enriched with hands-on experience in a therapeutic setting as well as talks by experts for specific client groups. Assignments are practical and build toward a final program proposal and presentation.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will have demonstrated the ability to do the following:

  1. Explain the therapeutic benefits horticultural therapy.
  2. Apply horticulture knowledge to develop programs.
  3. Develop individualized therapeutic programs designed to meet personal goals and objectives.
  4. Create and evaluate a series of seasonal project ideas in a therapeutic environment.
  5. Create budgets, source plants and materials, and determine funding sources.
  6. Communicate with clinical care teams and service providers.

Toronto Botanical Garden is pleased to work with Margaret Nevett, Registered Horticultural Therapist. Margaret is an experienced and enthusiastic HT practitioner and educator. Her company, Gardening For Life, provides Horticultural Therapy consultation and individualized programs in long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. Margaret’s passion for gardens developed through studies in horticulture at the University of Guelph, collaboration with international garden designer John Brookes, and horticultural therapy training in Ontario and British Columbia.






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  • Kelly luvisotto

    I am very interested in the HT certificate. I currently work as a program Manager at a retirement home in Barrie. I have started a planting program with my residents and it has been well received. Eventually I would like to offer horticulture programs in my community.

    • TBG

      That is great to hear Kelly. I’m sure our Adult Education coordinator would love to connect with you. Here name is Rebecca Lamb, and can be reached at Feel free to drop her a note.

  • I work with the City Of Toronto engage at the moment with a new Community Beautification Project engaging youth , newcomers and ESL students. (Question) can I get through the City in this program. Thanks for replyng.

  • Kwok-Leung Ho

    I am a qualified horticulturist and am very interested in the Horticultural Therapy Certificate. I am currently working at an old age home in South Africa and would like to use horticulture as therapy.
    Is there an online program available? If not, can you suggest an alternative option for me to do the course?

  • Adult Education Department

    Hello Kwok-Leung – sounds like you’re doing great work in South Africa already with horticulture and seniors, this is our first year of the Horticultural Therapy Program so we’re not able to offer it long distance yet but hopefully one day!

  • Sue

    Do you have an online course for HT ?