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Trish Hildinger, HTR
Registered Horticultural Therapist

What's Up at HTSC?

The annual American Horticultural Therapy Association conference is coming up! 

Horticultural Therapy: Digging in Together
October 4-5, 2019, Pre-tours October 3
DoubleTree Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

We received a $675 grant from Santa Cruz Rotary Foundation! We will use these monies at SDLC to buy planters and a mini greenhouse. 

Next California Horticultural Therapy Network meeting (CHTN) is in October. Please checkout our Facebook page for more information: 

Summer classes begin 6/18/19 at SDLC. 

Horticultural Therapy in the News

Australian Care Farm Model


Rooftop Gardens in Australia


The Healing Power of Plants


Open a Window


CNN Staying Well


Craig Hospital


Studies in health care settings show a link between nature and healing.


Nature contact may serve to supplement or augment medical treatment and therapy. Both passive exposure to landscapes and more active interactions with nature provide mental and physiological benefits that contribute to healing and therapy.

Gardening on a psychiatric inpatient unit: Cultivating recovery


Nature-related activities such as gardening and farming have been used as part of mental health treatment around the world for centuries and beginning about 200 years ago in the United States.

Yes! Magazine article on dirt


Dirt Is Beautiful

By reconnecting with soil, we heal the planet and ourselves.

Leah Penniman

Find out more

New York Times Opinion Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens

New York Times Opinion
Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens.

This is an excerpt from “Everything in Its Place,” a posthumous collection of writings by Dr. Sacks.

As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience