Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural therapy is a unique approach that contributes to the safe, active, and healthy environment at Stephen’s Place. Our year-round horticultural therapy program provides a weekly garden club, weekly vocational training, monthly field trips, seasonal family events, staff education, and a beautiful outdoor therapeutic garden space that is consistent with the mission and commitment of Stephen’s Place.

Benefits of Horticultural Therapy
Horticultural therapy is a holistic approach that supports whole person wellness. The benefits of horticultural therapy include physical, cognitive, psychological, and social:

Physical

  • Exercise and increased physical activity
  • Increases strength, stamina, and endurance
  • Increases range of motion
  • Stimulates all of the senses

Cognitive

  • Practising effective communication skills
  • Increases problem-solving skills
  • Exercising attention span and focus on task
  • Learning fun facts about the natural world

Social

  • Increases interaction and decreases isolation
  • Community building
  • Contributing to teamwork and collaboration
  • Participating in group decision making

Psychological

  • Developing an age-appropriate meaningful leisure activity
  • Increased sense of responsibility
  • Building self-esteem
  • Decision making