NEHTN
The Northeast Horticultural Therapy
Network


NEHTN
is a professional organization whose mission is to serve our members and the public by promoting and advancing the use of horticulture as an effective therapy, through advocacy, education and financial support. 

NEHTN is comprised of members from the Northeast region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Green Thumbs for a Cause: A Plant Care Manual for Therapeutic Horticulture

Guide Preface

The focus of this document is caring for potted plants used in recreational and horticultural activities in an eldercare facility, large or small. The author’s experience was in large skilled nursing facilities, but these same principles will work in other situations. The reader can adapt the tips given here to programs in other settings with different client populations. This manual would also be useful for the in-home caregiver and the indoor plant hobbyist. For those subjects where my experience is limited, I provide a list of helpful books. References to websites and videos are limited since those resources change so often.

Horticultural activities can foster a sense of accomplishment, connectedness, and inner peace. Consider the thoughts in the following quotation:

“Some individuals may only experience one level of responsibility within a program while others may experience several levels. This may influence results, in terms of meeting the goals of a specific activity; for example someone working in the greenhouse making a dried-flower picture from flowers they helped grow, harvest, and dry may respond differently to the activity as compared with someone working in a windowless hospital room with flowers purchased and donated by a stranger.”

Jack Kittredge, “A History of Farming as Therapy,” the Natural Farmer, Fall 2014, Page B-4.

Exploring plants with program participants can be a terrific adventure. Included in this manual are plants with fragrance, color, interesting shapes and sizes, and novelty interest. There are educational and recreational opportunities galore. You can grow a cycad to talk about dinosaurs or give someone a lucky bamboo for their bedside table.

“But,” you say, “how can I keep all those plants alive?” Keep this manual handy, do some research whenever you can, check with local garden clubs and garden centers, and keep learning.

The sky’s the limit!

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Ordering Instructions

Thank you for your interest in purchasing the Green Thumbs for a Cause plant care manual. 

There are three options for purchasing the Activity Guide:

  • Purchase a Digital version via credit card or check for $15.00. Click “Selection Options”. Fill in the Billing Details and click “Place order”. You will have the option of five downloads in a five-month period. Digital versions are available in color.
  • Purchase a hardcopy via credit card or check. Click “Select Options”. Fill in the Billing Details and click “Place order”. The manual will be mailed to you once the check has been received at our P.O. Box. Pricing for the hardcopy version is below:

    • Black & White Hard Copy mailed to your door: $25
    • Colored Copy mailed to your door: $45

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Horticultural Therapy Activity Guide

Activities included in the HT Activity Guide

Butterfly Window box
Cone Ornaments
Cork Hot Pads
Corn Stalk Broom
Cuttings in Vermiculite
Fossils
Go Fish
Hand Cream
Hort Pen Pal
Impression Pots
Insect Hotel
Making a Home for Mason Bees

Miniature Rosebud Topiary
Oil Pastel Flowers
Paper Bag Arrangement
Pine Cone Turkey
Pipe Cleaner Christmas tree
Rustic Twig Vase
Scientist, Explorers, Botanists
Screens for Herbs
Spice Rope
Stacked Pots
Toddler Planter
Underwater World

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Ordering Instructions

Thank you for your interest in purchasing the HT Activity Guide.  The Guide contains a wide array of activities (submitted by NEHTN members) which can be used in various HT settings.  Many of the activities can be adapted to fit your populations.

Proceeds from the sale of the Activity Guide will help support NEHTN Grant and Scholarship programs.  Thank you for your support!

There are three options for purchasing the Activity Guide:

  • Purchase a Digital version via credit card or check for $15.00. Below “2018 Activity Guide (Digital)”, click “Add to Cart”. Fill in the Billing Details and click “Place order”. You will have the option of five downloads in a five-month period. Digital versions are available in color.
  • Purchase a hardcopy via credit card or check. Below “2018 Activity Guide (Hardcopy)”, click “Add to Cart”. Fill in the Billing Details and click “Place order”. The Activity Guide will be mailed to you once the check has been received at our P.O. Box. Pricing for the hardcopy version is below:

    • Black & White Hard Copy mailed to your door: $25
    • Colored Copy mailed to your door: $45
    • Black & White Hard Copy picked up at a workshop: $20
    • Colored Copy picked up at a workshop: $35

Order Below