North Carolina Botanical Garden





Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

a partnership of NCBG with the NC State Extension Gardener Program


with Sally Haskett, NCBG Certified Horticultural Therapist, and Dr. Christine Bradish, NC State University, Department of Horticulture 


Class Dates: Monday, March 1, 2021 - Monday, April 12, 2021 (6-week course)



The North Carolina Botanical Garden is partnering with the NC State University Department of Horticultural Science in this exciting new online learning program. The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in an intended series of online courses that teach 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.


In this course, students will explore how therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, and will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship. This course provides a foundation for health and allied health professionals, other practitioners working with people, and interested individuals to learn about this unique therapeutic method. 


This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet. You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class plus an additional six months after the course ends. 


Taught by Sally Haskett, the North Carolina Botanical Garden's Certified Horticultural Therapist, and Dr. Christine Bradish with the NC State Department of Horticultural Science, this 6-week course includes presentations, readings, interactive activities, interviews with practitioners, and virtual tours of programs.



  • Regular Fee: $289
  • Discount for Members of NCBG and JC Raulston Arboretum: $259
    • Contact your membership coordinator for the discount code
  • Volunteer & Professional Discount: $239
    • Extension Master Gardener volunteers and Extension professionals (regardless of location)
      Obtain the appropriate code from your local Extension agent. They can request the discount codes by emailing from their work email account.
    • NCBG and JCRA volunteers contact your volunteer coordinator for the discount code. If they do not have the code, ask them to send a request via email to from their work email account.


Find more information and the link to register here:

Registration opens on November 1, 2020.

Please note, the registration page may take a few seconds to load. Do not 'Reload' the page. Doing so will revert the page to one that requires an NC State login.

Early bird rate ends January 1

Lead Instructor, Sally Haskett

Sally Haskett, Horticultural Therapist Registered, has worked at the North Carolina Botanical Garden leading horticultural therapy programs and education for ten 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.




This program is offered online.

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