In the 1970s, the American Horticultural Therapy Association
was established and began promoting horticulture as a therapeutic medium.
Beverly Agard, a registered horticultural therapist employed at Ralston House and member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association
(AHTA), has "greened up" the facilities in NewCourtland, Inc.'s (Philadelphia) long-term care network as part of the Eden Alternative.
According to research by the American Horticultural Therapy Association
(AHTA) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, one of the earliest known horticultural therapy programs in America was launched in 1812 by Dr.
Gene Rothert is a registered horticultural therapist and former president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association
. He is a frequent lecturer and consultant on enabling garden design.
American HORTICULTURAL THERAPY Association
362A Christopher Ave Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (301) 948-3010 (voice) (301) 869-2397 (fax) Consults to institutions interested in establishing horticultural therapy programs.