About Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy programs use plants and gardening to enhance emotional, physical and mental well-being. It is part of the therapeutic repertoire used by hospitals, nursing homes, and community, rehabilitative and mental health centres. The Gardens has been offering training in horticultural therapy techniques since 1970, and we also offer outreach programs to institutions around the greater Golden Horseshoe area.

Training in Horticultural Therapy

Upon completion of the Horticultural Therapy certificate program, students have the knowledge needed to practice horticultural therapy confidently and competently, knowing how to use horticultural therapy programming to meet the needs of individuals to improve their quality of life.

Upcoming Programs:


Horticultural Therapy Basic Training

Thursday and Friday, January 18, 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $255 (refreshments and workshop materials)

This two-day training session covers special populations, writing proposals, plants, season programs and project ideas, and more. A certification of attendance is provided upon completion.

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Starting Plants from Seed in a Horticultural Therapy Program

Friday February 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $145 (refreshments and workshop materials)

Learn about the importance of light, proper seeding techniques, soil, containers and ways to engage your clients to achieve a meaningful program as well as successful seedlings for your summer garden.

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Horticultural Therapy and Herbs

Friday March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $145 (refreshments and workshop materials)

Herbs are the most versatile plants in the garden. In this full-day workshop, discussions cover the 10 best herbs and how to use them in various ways. We also start herbs from seeds and make herbal activities that get you started on implementing these plants in your regular horticultural therapy programming.

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Horticultural Therapy Outreach Programs

Our programs travel to residential and day centres throughout the greater Golden Horseshoe. Let us design a program for your clients. Contact Nancy Lee-Colibaba for details at 905-527-1158, ext. 510.

Horticultural Therapy Outreach Fee Schedule

Programs delivered at an external facility:

Program fee: $250 per program + HST (up to a maximum of 12 participants) if facility is located within 25km of RBG
Additional participants: $20 + HST/participant
If facility outside 25km radius: Instructor drive time $50/hour, Mileage charged back at $0.40/km

Programs delivered at RBG:

Program fee: $200 per program + HST (up to a maximum of 12 participants)
Additional participants: $15 + HST/participant