Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Horticultural Therapy Program

How gardening can help people with disabilities.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers horticultural therapy to groups of people with physical or learning differences to help them break out of their shells and garden outside. Dr. Jean Larson has been working with the program for over 20 years. (The program was a) “natural fit for me. I have a learning disability, and the program has helped me out as well,” Larson says. Horticulture therapy can improve the individuals’ physical, psychological, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being. The idea is to improve the self by improving the environment the person lives in.