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Nominations are now being accepted for the Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award. This award is in honor of Charles A. Lewis, a pioneer in the field of people-plant interaction and innovative horticultural programs throughout the community.
This award is given to a research scientist or research scientists who have published outstanding horticultural therapy research in a horticultural or medical journal. It recognizes contributions to evidence-based research that demonstrates the effectiveness of horticultural therapy and serves to increase the awareness of research-based findings supporting the health benefits offered through horticulture.
The AHTA Board of Directors is seeking nominations for three (3) open board positions, each for a three (3) year term on the board. You may nominate yourself or someone who you believe would help steer the course of AHTA for the future. All nominees must be a member in good standing with AHTA.
Do you know someone you'd like to nominate? Take a look at the full requirements. Nominations are open to AHTA members only.
For your reading pleasure, the latest issue of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture is now available!
Highlights of this issue include:
As horticultural therapists and allied professionals, we understand the importance of creating communities. It’s what we do, and our training and skills position us to do it well. We appreciate the importance of connecting the communities we create with other communities. It requires cooperation, sharing knowledge and experiences, and communicating with people from diverse, related professions. Learning how to create and foster connections is the goal of this year’s AHTA conference in the lakeside city of Burlington, Vermont.
In this spirit, we are reaching out to solicit presentations that address the following objectives:
2017 Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships are available for the undergraduate students who are studying in the fields of horticulture or related fields such as landscape architecture or horticultural therapy.
Scholarship: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships
Eligibility: Undergraduate students
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award: $12,500(For Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship) and $9500 (For Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship)
Application Link: Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships
The AHTA Fundraising 2017 Campaign is a Garden Party! AHTA is promoting the Garden Party Fundraising Event during National Horticultural Therapy week, the week of March 19, 2017. All funds will go to AHTA to support the Association’s credentialing efforts. AHTA will provide you with a Garden Party Fundraising Kit that includes all the information to host a garden party. A garden is the basis of many horticultural therapy programs so what a good way to showcase how our profession uses horticulture as therapy. Start planning now! Read more about this exciting opportunity to be involved with AHTA and complete the interest form today. Someone will contact you shortly.
AHTA is proud to announce that the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program was approved as an accredited certificate training program. It is a pleasure to welcome CBG into AHTA’s cohort of horticultural therapy training sites for many reasons. It provides a much needed site for those living near the Midwest areas of the country as well as offers training in a premiere botanical and enabling garden.
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For your reading pleasure, the winter edition of the AHTA Magazine is now available!
Highlights of this issue include:
AHTA is very pleased to announce its new management company, SBI Association Management, based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1981 to provide management services to the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, to date, their client list has grown to include national, state, and local organizations including several in the healthcare and landscaping sectors, which will allow them to fully understand our professional needs. SBI is also accredited by the AMC Institute, demonstrating their commitment to developing and implementing industry best practices.
What drew AHTA to select SBI is that it provides a multidisciplinary team of experienced association professionals, support staff and state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Using an integrated services model, AHTA will have access to an array of professionals who have designated expertise in areas such as membership services, marketing, communications and events planning.
We invite you to explore our new and improved integrated website and membership database. A few highlights include:
We welcome your feedback and hope that AHTA members and members of the public seeking information about Horticultural Therapy find our new site useful.
Join us in Burlington, Vermont, September 8-9 (Pretours on September 7) for the 2017 AHTA Annual Conference. Hosted by the Northeast Regional Networking Group, the Conference will bring together horticultural professionals from around the world. Pretours will feature local gardens and programs. Add in the bonus of the Fall "Leaf Peeper" season and you have the perfect combination of networking, education and fun. The conference will be held at the Burlington Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city.
We will open the hotel room block in January so you can plan ahead! Check the AHTA website often and watch your email for more information.
AHTA offers congratulations to those who have recently completed the requirements for Professional Registration (HTR). The three AHTA members who have achieved this status are Katherine Brechner, Arleen Ferrara and Ciri Malamud.
HTR is the professional credential for horticultural therapists. The suffix connotes that the individual has achieved AHTA's standardized measure of excellence in theoretical and applied aspects of horticultural therapy practice. HTR status further acknowledges the bearer's commitment to the field and conveys reassurance to prospective employers, clients and colleagues.