Horticultural Therapy

In the mid-1970s, one of the nation’s first horticultural therapy programs began at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation. Patients of all ages work with trained horticultural therapists on activities that can help rehabilitate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning.

By working with plants, you can gain a sense of personal accomplishment, productivity, self-reliance, and independence.

Learn more about our horticulture therapy programs at a variety of locations. For more information, contact Gwenn Fried at 212-598-6196.

Horticulture Therapy at the Hospital for Joint Diseases

You can benefit from the relaxing nature of horticultural therapy as part of your treatment at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases. Activities are designed to meet your individual rehabilitation goals. You can propagate plants, arrange flowers, and engage in nature craft projects, returning refreshed and renewed to continue your rehabilitation after a session.

Horticulture Therapy at Tisch Hospital

Patients work with plants, essential oils, fresh flowers, and other elements of nature while practicing the skills they learn in other therapies at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital.

Horticulture Therapy at Tisch Hospital Psychiatric Unit

The horticulture program is designed to assist patients in building social skills, decision making prowess, and confidence while at Tisch Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit. Patients have reported feeling a sense of empowerment and serenity after attending this horticultural therapy group.

Aphasia Program

In collaboration with NYU Langone’s speech and language therapy team, Rusk Rehabilitation offers periodic horticulture programs to the Aphasia Community Group for patients who’ve lost the ability to speak.

Aging and Dementia Horticulture Program

The Aging and Dementia Horticulture Program is a hands-on, activity-based horticulture program offered to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. This program’s facilitator was awarded “Dementia Care Provider of the Year—2012” by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Epilepsy Unit Horticultural Program

The horticultural program on Tisch Hospital’s Epilepsy Unit is in collaboration with our therapeutic recreation team. As you master new skills, you can increase your confidence and self-esteem.

Horticulture Therapy for Children

Programs for children are provided through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone.

Hospital for Joint Diseases Pediatric Inpatient Program

Children participate in nature crafts such as pressing leaves, arranging flowers, and other stimulating projects while in the rehabilitation program at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. Social skills and confidence are enhanced while children practice the abilities they learn in other therapies.

Tisch Hospital Pediatric Acute Care

In collaboration with NYU Langone’s Child Life Program, the horticulture program for children on the acute hospital unit, as well their siblings and other family members, participate in projects related to plants and flowers as stress-reducing, mood-enhancing activities.

Camp High Five

In collaboration with pediatric occupational therapists, multisensory horticultural activities are used in our two-week summer camp for children experiencing weakness on one side of their body due to a variety of neurological and orthopaedic conditions.

Therapy Bunnies at the Hospital for Joint Diseases

Integrated into the horticulture program, both children and adults learn techniques to handle our resident rabbits at the Hospital for Joint Disease. Petting and feeding these friendly bunnies can be enjoyable and stress reducing.