Horticultural Therapy students navigating wheelchair through gardens.

Horticultural Therapy Summer Intensive Classes

Fast-track your horticultural therapy skills.

The Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program at NYBG offers the most in-depth training in the New York City area. Taught by practicing horticultural therapists, this program will train you to design, implement, and manage programs that use plants and the natural environment to heal a broad range of people in need.

With our summer intensive schedule, students can dive deeply in a limited amount of time. Take just one class or immerse yourself in all nine required horticultural therapy courses in just three months.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get a close-up look at the day-to-day practices of local horticultural therapy programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, the Hort Society of New York’s Greenhouse Program on Rikers Island, or Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.


Introduction to Horticultural Therapy
Horticultural Therapy for Older Adults
Horticultural Therapy for Physical Rehabilitation
Horticultural Therapy for Exceptional Youth
Activities Analysis for Horticultural Therapy
Horticultural Therapy in Behavioral Health Settings
Horticultural Therapy Methods & Materials
Garden Design for Special Populations
Horticultural Therapy Program Management


These Summer Intensive classes will resume in 2021.

Questions about the intensive? Call 718.817.8747 or e-mail adulted@nybg.org

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Thinking of a possible second career, I enrolled in NYBG’s Horticultural Therapy Program. I loved that my instructors were practitioners in their fields. The assignments were stimulating, challenging and pulled everything together. I now provide my hort therapy services at a nursing home in New Rochelle and I’m excited about the many opportunities to apply what I’ve learned.

June Hesler

2018 Graduate

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I started studying horticultural therapy to expand on my work as a health educator, and to learn more about working with plants and special populations. I’ve met great teachers and excellent mentors at NYBG. Now I’m applying my new knowledge and experience at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, working with children of all ages, including those with special needs.

Shannon Sodano Heffernan

2017 Graduate, Instructor at Brooklyn Botanic Garden