History, Theory and Application of Horti Therapy

Here is a link to a video of a lecture by Kirk Hines, Horticultural Therapist, doing a lecture on horticultural therapy as part of the Botanical Medicine and Health course offered at Emory University, Atlanta, USA.

The video is approximately 37 minutes long.


NPO Showcase – Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association

A video from American local TV station NPO doing an interview with horticultural therapist Betsy Brown.


Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design Videos

Bit of a delay between postings but I am back it and came across this video playlist from the Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design website.

The playlist includes videos from Chicago Botanic Garden, Healing Gardens at The Cheri Amore Garden of Hope, Illinois and the Henry Ford Hospital.


Fork to Fork

Arguably not horticultural therapy, although considering Monty Don’s holistic approach to horticulture and the environment it would be a difficult argument to win.

Anyway, the TV series that Monty Don did called ‘Fork to Fork’ is available to watch on YouTube. I can’t remember if it was ever shown on BBC but these versions appear to have been shown on Finish state television.

There were six episodes in all and an accompanying book, which I can fully recommend.

Horticultural Therapy Films

I thought it was worth making a post on horticultural therapy films. I don’t think either has ever been actually referred to as being ‘horticultural therapy’ but they certainly are.

Grow Your Own (2007)

Excellent British made film about political refugees being allocated an allotment in Northern  England and their interactions with the local traditionalist allotment gardeners. It is more like a TV movie than a film for the cinema and has a considered approach (others might say “slow”). Anyway, I enjoyed it and it certainly worth watching as John Henshaw is always entertaining.



The IMDB page is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847830/

It is currently selling for £5 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grow-Your-Own-Allotment-DVD/dp/B000TQLIBA/ref=


Green Fingers (2001)

Based on a true story about a gardening therapy program for prisoners in England which stars Clive Owen and Helen Mirren.

Made by an the American director Joel Hershman who apparently heard about the story of six prisoners from Leyhill prison in England who won a gold medal at the Chelsea flower show.

I must admit I found it a bit obvious and scripted. The horticultural inaccuracies lead me to become somewhat detached from it.

Don’t take my opinion for it, have a watch of it yourself.

Back in 2001 the telegraph wrote an article about how the film came about and the link to the original story. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1334053/Leyhills-prison-gardeners-break-into-the-movies.html

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203540/

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grow-Your-Own-Allotment-DVD/dp/B000TQLIBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351363869&sr=8-1