Using Horticultural Therapy for UW-Extension Programs

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May 23rd, 2017


8:30am - 4:00pm


$5 per person


Tina Engelhardt




Are you a Master Gardener Volunteer looking for ways to better engage your audience in your gardening projects?

Extension educators and volunteers have a long history of supporting garden-based education programs and projects for individuals and communities.  However, traditional program design and evaluation may not always deliver and capture the full extent of outcomes for the participant.  Or, educators and volunteers are asked to deliver a program to a population in which they have no prior experience.  The incorporation of principles and practices of horticultural therapy as well as thoughtful program design can improve the experience of participants in our garden-based education programs, better communicate the full extent of impacts, and give confidence to educators and volunteers to expand program access to new non-traditional audiences.

Workshop Agenda

  • 8:30am check-in, 9am start
  • Icebreaker
  • Lecture, interspersed with discussion and hands-on activities
  • Lunch break (30 minutes) – bring your own
  • Afternoon activities (please come dressed for possible gardening)
    • Role-play gardening with sensory, physical, and cognitive limitations
  • Conclusion
  • Done by 4pm

Please note, a reading assignment must be completed prior to the workshop.


Mike Maddox, Master Gardener Program Director (left), and garden program participant

Mike Maddox, Master Gardener Program Director (left), and garden program participant

Mike Maddox, Master Gardener Program Director


Space is limited.  Winnebago, Fond du Lac, and Dodge County MGVs and community partners will have priority registration until March 15.  After that time, remaining spaces will open to MGVs and community partners in surrounding areas.   To register, please contact Tina Engelhardt, (920-929-3171).  Cost is $5 per person, payable at the door.  To accommodate dietary needs of all participants, please bring your own lunch and refreshments.

Event Location

Fond du Lac County UW-Extension
Room 205/206 Administration/Extension Bldg
400 University Drive
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-2998
Phone: 920-929-3170
Fax: 920-929-3181
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Office Hours: M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm