North Carolina Botanical Garden





Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

a partnership of NCBG with the NC State Extension Gardener Program


with Sally Haskett, Horticultural Therapist Registered, NCBG, and Emilee Weaver, NCBG Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager 


Class Dates: August 29 - October 16, 2022 (6-week course)


The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in a series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. 



This six-week course is the first course in the Online Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture series that teaches the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. Students will gain an overview of historical uses and theoretical foundations for the use of plants and nature for wellness. How therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, will be explored. A discussion of the profession of therapeutic horticulture, related practices, and ways to pursue further study will conclude the teachings. Students will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship, and will be provided with references and resources for further study.


This course provides a foundation for allied health professionals, other practitioners working with people, and interested individuals to learn about this unique therapeutic treatment method. The broad range of populations and locations that have been served will be discussed, with specific examples from therapeutic horticulture programs in North Carolina.


Upon completion of this course, you will?receive a certificate of participation that provides evidence of your successful completion of this course.


This course was developed in partnership with NC State Cooperative Extension. Registration is offered through NC State using the link below.




  • Early Bird Fee (through August 15, 2022): $349
  • Regular Fee: $359
  • Volunteer, Member & Extension Professional Discount: $329
    • For members of the NCBG or JCRA, contact for code.
    • For extension Master Gardener volunteers (regardless of location), JCRA or NCBG volunteers, or extension professionals.  Your Extension Agent can provide you with the discount code. To obtain the discount code, have them send an email to from their work email account to request the discount code.

Payment Plan Option:

  • Available upon registration for this course, with $200 due at the time of enrollment and the remaining balance due 14 days before the course begins.


Find more information and register using this link:

Register here

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Early bird rate ends August 15, 2022

About the Lead Instructors

Sally Haskett, Horticultural Therapist Registered, has worked at the North Carolina Botanical Garden leading horticultural therapy programs and education for over twelve years. She has developed therapeutic horticulture programs in a range of settings from assisted living centers to working farms, and with persons living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and physical conditions. Her teaching experience includes yearly workshops for professionals, daily mentoring of interns, national presentation forums, and development and administration of the Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture program at NCBG. She has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture that provides foundational knowledge of garden design. Her greatest reward is to serve people through facilitating their connections to the earth, to plants, and to themselves.




Emilee Weaver has been a professional horticulturist for 24 years in five different states/climates in the U.S. Fourteen of those years have been spent as a horticultural therapist and consultant. Stemming from a formalized education in social work, years of in-field horticulture experience, and a horticultural therapy certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute of Denver, she has developed and managed numerous HT programs involving a variety of populations and settings. Most notably, she developed a therapeutic/vocational horticultural therapy program at a high-security treatment facility for adolescent girls, a military veteran reintegration program at Denver Botanic Gardens, and managed an HT program at a 400 bed, state-managed psychiatric hospital in North Carolina. She currently serves as the Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, providing direct services to community organizations and managing the on-site and online TH educational programs offered by the Garden.  Emilee has spoken at national conferences and symposiums in efforts to spread the importance of sound program development practices that support the longevity and efficacy of TH/HT programs. She co-authored the HT textbook, “The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy” which was published in 2019. She is enthusiastic about supporting a thriving local and national TH/HT community in the U.S and beyond.


This program is offered online.

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