Workshop: Incorporating Horticultural Therapy into Extension Programs

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.

Participant Comments

Where Hort Inquiries is for those answering gardening questions, this program is for those of us who work with people!


This was a fantastic class and I got much more out of it than expected.  Less in specifics on gardening, but much more in ideas and tools to work through what our garden needs to better connect with its population and things to keep in mind for all MGV activities.

Workshop Agenda

  • 8:30am check-in, 9am start
  • Icebreaker
  • Lecture, interspersed with discussion and hands-on activities
  • Lunch break (30 minutes) – To best accommodate dietary needs, please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • 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.

Reading Assignment

Locations and Registration

Space is limited.  Certified Wisconsin Master Gardener volunteers, Extension staff,  and their community partners have priority registration.  General public allowed based on seating availability.

Door County, June 1

  • Location: John Miles County Park Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building, 812 N 14th Avenue
    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
  • $25 per person, cash or check only. To best accommodate dietary needs, please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Register before May 24, 2019 by contacting the Door County Extension office, 920-746-2260 or email.
    We will be working with plant material this day; please let us know of any allergies we may need to be aware of.


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Washington County, June 8

  • Location: Room 1113 A/B  of the Public Agency Center in West Bend (333 E Washington St, West Bend)
  • $25 per person To best accommodate dietary needs, please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Register by May 31 by calling the Extension Washington County office at 262-335-4477 or emailing Michelle Hansen at michelle.hansen@wisc.edu
    We will be working with plant material this day; please let us know of any allergies we may need to be aware of.


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Douglas County, August 21

More information coming soon.

  • Location: Bong Veterans Historical Center
  • $25 per person, payable at door. To best accommodate dietary needs, please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Register before August 16 by contacting Extension Douglas County, 715-395-1363.
    We will be working with plant material this day; please let us know of any allergies we may need to be aware of.
  • Special note for the Douglas County workshop: we will be starting 30 minutes later than the posted agenda in order to better accomodate folks traveling from out of county. We should still end approximately at the posted time.


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Marinette County, September 26

More information coming soon.

  • Location:
  • $25 per person To best accommodate dietary needs, please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Register by
    We will be working with plant material this day; please let us know of any allergies we may need to be aware of.

Instructor

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
Horticultural Therapist- Registered