Oregon State University has introduced a new degree program (PDF) in Therapeutic Horticulture. Majors will learn to use their horticultural skills and knowledge to improve the lives of people with physical, emotional or mental challenges. The program curriculum will integrate courses in horticulture, landscape design and maintenance, psychology, sociology and health. Courses in therapeutic hort will be taught at the Legacy Health campuses in the Portland area, and graduates will be registered at the HTR level through the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Oregon already is a leader in the field, with many healing gardens that are internationally recognized. For details on the program, contact Kelly Donegan at email@example.com or Theresia Hazen at THazen@lhs.org, or browse the program Web page.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.