Welcome to the
GrowTH Community

Your professional growth and resource platform 

GrowTH - Grow Therapeutic Horticulture is professional growth and resource platform for therapeutic horticulture practitioners and allied health professionals with training in the field.

Check out this video overview!

What's included in your membership

Connection Opportunities

You have a personal profile and can connect with other members of the community, as well as engage in chat forums that are regional or topic-specific. The community is international with members on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica).

Activity Database

A robust database with over 80 step-by-step activities, and four new activities added per month. The database is sortable in multiple ways such as domain of wellness, cognition level, material requirements and ability to deliver virtually.

Resource Library

This extensive library includes resources such as intake forms, event recordings, evaluation forms, sample budgets, recipes, trivia & visual cue templates.

20% Discount on Courses

Enjoy a 20% discount on all Root in Nature courses, including Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture, Nature at Work, Peer Reflection for Professionals, and Advancing Skills in Therapeutic Horticulture.

Events

A variety of guest speakers on relevant HT/ TH professional development topics. All events are FREE to GrowTH Community members. Check out the upcoming guest speaker list below!

Monthly Support Calls

Feel isolated in this field? Join our one-hour virtual group calls with a registered horticultural therapist for connection, support and Q & A.

Join our Founder & CEO Alexis for a live 30 minute Information Session on the GrowTH Community. One attendee will win 50% off a one-year membership! Our next session is on: February 15 @ 12:30 p.m. ET

If you’d like to watch a recorded information session now, click the link below.

Activity Database

Your membership includes a database of nature-rooted activities that is sortable in the following ways:

  • Type – check-in, mindfulness, activity & check-out
  • Material requirements – cost vs. no cost
  • Domains of wellness affected – physical, cognitive, emotional, social, sensory & creative
  • Season
  • Indoor / Outdoor
  • Physical exertion required
  • Population / cognitive ability requirement
  • Ability to deliver virtually

GrowTH Community

Annual Membership

$108

/yr

save 10% annually

Registration coming soon

What's Included

Online profile and network

A growing activity database

Resource library

20% discount on all courses

Free events

One-hour group call (monthly)

GrowTH Community

Monthly Membership

$10

/mo

Registration coming soon

What's Included

Online profile and network

A growing activity database

Resource library

20% discount on all courses

Free events

One-hour group call (monthly)

GrowTH Community

Monthly Membership

$10

/mo

Registration coming soon

What's Included

Online profile and network

A growing activity database

Resource library

20% discount on all courses

Free events

One-hour group call (monthly)

INCLUDES 7-DAY FREE TRIAL

Annual Membership
$120
$ 108 per year
  • 7-day free trial
  • Online profile and network
  • A growing Activity Database
  • Resource Library
  • 20% discount on all courses
  • Free events
  • One-hour group call (monthly)
SAVE 10%

INCLUDES 7-DAY FREE TRIAL

Monthly Membership
$ 10 per month
  • 7-day free trial
  • Online profile and network
  • A growing Activity Database
  • Resource Library
  • 20% discount on all courses
  • Free events
  • One-hour group call (monthly)

The GrowTH Community is one of the most exciting things to expand the growth of horticulture as a therapeutic tool that I have seen in recent years. Professionals from many fields working together with volunteers will bring this valuable tool to many more people.

— Dr. Paula Diane Relf

Professor Emeritus
Virginia Tech University

Tour of the Resource Library

Tour of the Activity Database

Upcoming Events

March 17, 2024 @ 2:00 pm
- 3:00 pm EDT

Horticultural Therapy (HT) Week Kickoff Party

Come and join the festivities as we kick off Horticultural Therapy Week 2024!

This event, led by Root in Nature’s Courses and Community Lead Katie McGillivray, HTR, is a chance to connect, share stories and play some fun HT/TH themed games.

Katie (she/her) is a Registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR) currently practicing in British Columbia. A strong advocate of asset-based community development and reflective practice, Katie has been supporting therapeutic horticulture projects and programs for a wide variety of populations since 2014.

March 21, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm EDT

Horticultural Therapy (HT) Week Special Event: The Early History of HT - a Discussion with Dr. Paula Diane Relf

Join Dr. Paula Diane Relf and the Root in Nature team for a special horticultural therapy (HT) week event featuring a Q and A session exploring the history of HT.

Paula Diane Relf received her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Maryland in 1976 where she pioneered studies in Horticultural Therapy. She was a Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1976 to 2003 and Professor Emeritus to the present.

In 1973 she was instrumental in the founding of what is now the American Horticultural Therapy Association. and served as president from 1975 to 1979. From 1989 to 2003, she chaired what is now the International People-Plant Council. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences in August 2002 and one of the top 100 ASHS members of the late 20th century for contributions to growth and change in horticulture in 2001.

She received the American Horticultural Society’s National Horticultural Therapy Award, 2000; the National Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation through Horticulture (now AHTA) presented her their Award for Professional Service (1984) and the Award for Outstanding Service to Horticultural Therapy (1979).

April 4, 2024 @ 12:30 pm
- 1:30 pm EDT

April Garden-Side Chat with Katie McGillivray, HTR

May 23, 2024 @ 7:00 am
- 8:00 am EDT

Blossoming Bonds: Enhancing Well-being through Horticultural Therapy for Children with Special Educational Needs and Their Caregivers with Nicolson Siu

Horticultural therapy has a positive impact on emotional well-being. Engaging with nature and plants has a calming effect and reduces stress and anxiety. The act of nurturing plants fosters a sense of responsibility, self-esteem, and accomplishment. Children with Special Education Needs (SEN) often experience challenges in social interaction, and horticultural therapy provides opportunities for socialization, teamwork, and communication with peers and caregivers. It creates a supportive and inclusive environment where children can build social skills and develop meaningful relationships.

Nicolson Siu is a neuropsychology lecturer in the Division of Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a registered psychologist, counselor, and horticultural therapist with expertise in providing comprehensive support to children with special educational needs (SEN) and their caregivers. In addition to conducting assessments and interventions for his clients, Nicolson actively engages in research to develop evidence-based alternative and complementary interventions for children with SEN. Committed to promoting an inclusive society, Nicolson works passionately to enhance the well-being and growth of children with SEN.

Nicolson’s Website
Nicolson’s Lab Facebook Page

June 13, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm EDT

Your Garden & Climate Change with Rebecca Last

Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. This talk provides a brief explanation of what climate change is and an update on the current situation, including how climate change is already impacting our weather, water, plants, food and wildlife. For each of these topics, I suggest the positive measures that gardeners can take to begin climate-proofing their gardens. The talk ends with suggested resources and a list for further reading.

Root in Nature will follow-up the discussion with a few reasons why this topic is of great importance to therapeutic horticulture practitioners and clients.

Rebecca Last has been gardening on and off since age 8 and has been a member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton since 2005. Her small suburban garden is certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as wildlife habitat. Rebecca grows a dozen or more varieties of heritage tomatoes every year. Her garden design includes elements of permaculture and she has been honoured to receive several awards from the Ontario horticulture community.   Aside from getting her hands dirty, Rebecca is also passionate about the science behind gardening. Not a scientist herself, a big part of her career was translating science into terms that would resonate with the public. Now retired, she uses these same skills to share what she learns about gardening and plant science via her blog Gardening at Last (https://gardeningatlast.ca/). She also shares her own research and writing on ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebecca-Last), where her publications have garnered over 10,000 reads. Rebecca’s gardening addiction is enabled by her loving husband Richard and a collection of very spoiled rescue cats.

September 19, 2024 @ 4:00 pm
- 5:00 pm EDT

Seed Saving with Master Gardener Odette McIntyre

Saving your own vegetable seed makes your garden more sustainable and self- sufficient and saves you money. Learn how to save heirloom varieties, not available commercially, using veggies you harvested. Keep seed from special ornamentals, native plants, medicinal plants or perennials you actually hybridized yourself. Connect with your local seed libraries and the vibrant community behind this return to grassroots effort.

The Root in Nature team will close the session with ideas for how you can utilize these learnings in your therapeutic horticulture practice with clients.

 

Odette discovered her passion for horticulture in her first ornamental garden, which she tended with the help of her father at their home in Ste Anne de Beaupré, Québec. Her interest in horticulture and ecology intensified as she studied plant science at the Institut de Technologie Agricole. After graduating in 1980, Odette worked for 4 years at the Montréal Botanical Garden before relocating to Toronto where she has worked in a member municipality of York Region until retirement. Odette continued experimenting with varieties & techniques in her own gardens, learning from Nikki Jabbour’s principles in particular. She became a Master Gardener in 2013. She shared her love and knowledge of plants with York Region gardeners, through Lake Simcoe South and Toronto Master Gardeners advice clinics, giving workshops, including a range of organic gardening topics and cold season production. Since relocating to the Ottawa region to be closer to her daughter and granddaughters, Odette has presented to several local gardening groups, the Ottawa Public Library Gardening Program, the Ottawa Home & Garden Show, several seniors residences both in English and French.

FAQs

The community is a space for horticultural therapists, horticultural therapy practitioners, practitioners and allies of therapeutic horticulture, and other allied professionals delivering nature-rooted sessions. It is also a space for graduates of the Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture course. 

Yes! The intention of this community is to provide you with practical tools that you can put to use in your own practice without crediting of any kind. However, it should be noted that the information contained in the resource library is provided for general information purposes only. Please review the disclaimer in the library prior to using any of its contents.

Yes – you can ‘connect’ with members in the directory. If they accept your connection, you can send private messages to each other. We want to facilitate connections between people and provide a space to openly share ideas, resources, experiences and successes.

Absolutely! There is a form set up on the relevant pages of the community to collect submissions from members. Here is the Activity Idea Submission Form and resources can be emailed to courses@rootinnature.ca. The more members who engage and share, the more robust the community will become over time. You are part of helping our community grow!

The start-up infrastructure and ongoing management costs of the community and Activity Database are considerable. Root in Nature team members, registered horticultural therapists, review and vet the activities in the database and the resources, as well as manage the monthly check-in calls and other events. We want the community to be affordable for all and to provide far more value than the cost.

We were hoping to have a Canadian price and an US price. However, our software (MemberPress) is only able to process one currency. Since this is an international community, and the US dollar is widely recognized worldwide, we chose that currency and set the price at the US dollar equivalent of our intended Canadian price. 

The time that seems to work best for most active areas in the community is 7 PM EST on weeknights.

Registration is open!

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