Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GRN 272 Effective Fall 2019
- Course Number:
- GRN 272
- Course Title:
- Therapeutic Garden Design, Maintenance & Programming
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionFocuses on the design, maintenance and programming of natural and horticultural therapeutic gardens. Includes working with an interdisciplinary team, garden assessment using therapeutic gardening standards, designing restorative settings, planning and conducting group and seasonal sessions, and sensory goals programming for dementia clients. Covers patio and strolling gardens for assisted living facility programs and special needs gardens. Prerequisites: GRN 271. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
This is the sixth course of a 6 course, 13-credit sequence in therapeutic horticulture required by the Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist Certificate of Completion.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Design, develop, and maintain programming for natural and horticultural therapeutic gardens, appropriate for a variety of special populations and working within an interdisciplinary team.
- Design and assess restorative and therapeutic garden programs, including individual and group sessions, seasonal programming, specialized programming for dementia clients and special needs populations.
- Basic understanding of therapeutic gardens and how they differ from other gardens
- Successful maintenance of therapeutic gardens
- Sustainability of therapeutic gardens
Course Activities and Design
Course is conducted as a class web, including contact with the therapeutic horticulture program and garden. Includes a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, observation and practice in the program and garden, and in a variety of locations. Focuses on restorative and therapeutic garden design, as well as programming appropriate to various settings and populations.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes through various means, including oral, demonstration, and written examinations; and capstone projects in garden design, maintenance, and programming.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Horticulture, therapeutic horticulture, horticultural therapy and therapeutic garden
Historical development of therapeutic gardens
Benefits of therapeutic horticulture and gardens
The interdisciplinary team
AHTA Therapeutic Garden standards
Coherence, legibility, complexity and mystery in garden design
Group and individual sessions in therapeutic gardens
Garden design and maintenance
Seasonal session planning to meet cognitive and sensory goals
Patio and strolling gardens
Therapeutic applications of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and annuals