IN-PERSON and virtual sessions

Therapeutic Horticulture

Therapeutic horticulture is a practice that embraces the healing power of nature to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. It involves using plants, gardens, and cultivating a sense of connection with nature to help people improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Why it works

Current research validates the benefits of people-plant engagement, which include:

  • Reduces stress & anxiety
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Protects and preserves mental health
  • Boosts the absorption and retention of Vitamin D
  • Increases social connections
  • Helps to maintain a sense of purpose and worth
  • Aids in the development of positive coping strategies

Populations that can benefit

  • Seniors
  • Autism, Learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s Disease/other Dementias
  • End of life, palliative care
  • Developmental or physical disabilities
  • Mental Health, mental illnesses, anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Cancer or other illnesses
  • Chronic pain
  • Corrections
  • Addictions
  • Loss, death, grief, divorce
  • Fears and phobias
  • Sleep disorders and sleep problems
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • TBI, Brain injury/strokes
  • Everyone!

Where it takes place

  • Long-term care homes
  • Retirement homes
  • Community gardens
  • Schools
  • Community centres
  • Private homes
  • Hospice
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Correctional facilities, halfway houses
  • Online through virtual sessions

In-Person Therapeutic Horticulture

Sessions are available in Ottawa, Ontario for individuals or groups of up to eight people:

  • $195 per half-day (3 hour) session
  • $145 per 1.5 hour session
  • Session materials not included

Virtual Horticultural Therapy

Mind, Body & Soil is a virtual, hands-on, small-group therapeutic horticulture series. In five weekly one-hour sessions, you will explore these topics:

  1. Kitchen gardening: saving seeds, assessing the self and the environment & building a safe space
  2. Emotions & choices in the garden: companion planting, colour theory & emotional naming
  3. Seed starting & choosing plants: seed starting along with a demo, assessing the garden space & goal setting
  4. Plants & people: plant care, self care, communication & listening skills
  5. Transition & change: transplanting & handling change
We had eight Root in Nature sessions with a group of 10 seniors. It is wonderful activity for seniors to engage and learn how to plant and grow vegetables. Andrea is an amazing instructor and seniors had a lot of fun hands on. This group is looking forward to donating the vegetables to community food centre.
— Aging in Place Program Participant
I want to thank you so much for getting Dad into gardening. He loved his gardens over the years, mostly vegetables, and just loves to get his hands dirty. I was always worried about Dad at the Perley because other than his exercise classes, he didn’t join anything, even though he was once quite gregarious. Definitely keep his garden pots going.... it will give him a spark he needs.
— Sue Andrew
Daughter of resident at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre

Partnership to Deliver JASMA Healthcare Planters

Root in Nature is thrilled to announce our partnership with Forget For A Moment Foundation as part of a shared commitment to infuse the healing power of nature into healthcare environments. Through our collaboration on the innovative JASMA Healthcare Planter, we are dedicated to promoting awareness among healthcare institutions about the critical importance of integrating natural elements within their spaces. This initiative is more than just beautification; it’s about creating healthier, more soothing environments for patients, staff, and visitors alike. 

Together, Root in Nature and Forget For A Moment Foundation are planting seeds of change, aiming to make nature’s restorative benefits accessible to all within the healthcare community. Root in Nature clients and GrowTH Network members are eligible for a 15% discount on a JASMA Planter, and purchasers of the planter are eligible for a 15% discount on our Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture course. 

Best Ottawa Business (BOBS) Award Winner

Root in Nature was recognized for Best Performance in Social Entrepreneurship by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal in 2022.

Coralus Venture

Root in Nature is grateful to be selected as one of the Ventures working on the World’s To-Do List by Coralus Activators! We will be receiving support from radically generous Activators, including funding, connections and relationships to grow our impact.