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Non-profit organizations in horticultural therapy and related fields

Guelph Enabling Garden The Guelph Enabling Garden offers a unique, barrier-free place in the city where community members of all ages and abilities can participate in therapeutic gardening activities.  Weekly Horticultural Therapy teaching sessions are offered throughout the summer to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health & well-being.
Cobourg Ecology Garden As you travel along one of the wide, accessible & meandering pathways at the Cobourg Ecology Garden (CEG) you will soon find yourself entering the 'Ability Garden' aka Raised Bed area.  Direct access to this special part of the CEG is possible due to a recent installation of a ramp from the boardwalk which borders the south side of this little piece of heaven.  Gardening is possible for all here with raised beds that are made to work with the gardener's ability.  And sensory stimulation via sights, scents, textures, sound and even taste are around each new turn!
City Farmer - Urban Agricultural Notes - Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
The American Horticultural Therapy Association is a champion of barrier-free, therapeutic gardens that enable everyone to work, learn, and relax in the garden. Horticultural therapists are skilled at creating garden spaces that accommodate people with a wide range of abilities. People with physical or mental disabilities benefit from gardening experiences as part of HT programs, and they learn skills, adaptations, and gardening methods that allow for continued participation at home or work.
Thrive Using Gardening to Change Lives: Thrive is a national charity, founded in 1978, that makes use of gardening (social & therapeutic horticulture) to change the lives of people with disabilities.  Using the wonderfully flexible medium of gardening this organization assists individuals in accomplishing many things. Some may be immediately apparent, such as rebuilding strength after an accident or an illness, or providing a purposeful activity which helps people to cope with a difficult period in their life. Some may be less obvious such as helping to improve literacy through a simple task such as labeling a plant or reading a seed packet. And then there are those participants who simply want to enjoy gardening but need practical advice and skills to get started or to progress.
The Ontario Horticultural Association is Keeping Ontario Beautiful.
The Ontario Horticultural Association is a volunteer, charitable organization whose mission is to provide leadership and assist in the promotion of education and interest in all areas of horticulture and related environmental issues in Ontario, through an expanding network of horticultural societies dedicated to the beautification of their communities.
Interpretation Canada
Heritage interpreters create learning experiences and feelings of connection and stewardship through hands-on activities, carefully designed presentations and many other techniques. They work at school field trip sites and public attractions including parks, botanical gardens, farms, nature centres, and a host of other sites and museums. Interpretation Canada is a community that supports, engages, and inspires those involved in this field.
Earthwide Society
Earthwise Society is a not for profit, charitable organization that has been a leader in community-based environmental education for over 30 years. The Society operates a demonstration teaching garden that showcases organic landscape and food production practices. We provide a beautiful natural and peaceful environment to practice therapeutic horticulture through gardening and farming. The program is about community engagement, allowing participants to meet and interact with a diverse other community, to participate in tasks that allow creative self-expression, encourage exercise and healthy eating, build skills, inspire hope, and focus on achievable outcomes. Offered for free, this program is open to anyone who wants to feel better. For more information or to register, please contact or visit

Earthwise is organizing a Therapeutic Horticulture Discovery Day on July 27 at our Agassiz location. The goal of this day is to experience the benefits of being immersed in nature at several level and discover what therapeutic horticulture is. The event is open to everyone (school aged kids are welcome as well)!

In the morning, we will do an exploratory and sensory tour of our property. Derek Bothwell, head Chef at The Bottleneck in Vancouver, will be on site to make us a savory lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a series of workshop to explore and experience how nature can be beneficial. The day will end on a gathering and discussions.

Here is the link to our event. This event is also a fundraiser for us, and we are hoping that it will help raising awareness about therapeutic horticulture. Our early bird tickets are at a discounted price until the end of June.