University of Maryland Extension

Therapeutic Horticulture

Therapeutic Horticulture Program: Enriching The Lives of Others Through Horticulture

The Therapeutic Horticulture Program is a community outreach project. Its purpose is to teach horticulture, and to share its pleasures and benefits with special needs populations. This is accomplished through the use of garden-related activities, which serve as an aid to recovery and rehabilitation, or as a productive, life-enriching leisure activity.

The Therapeutic Horticulture Group provides garden-related programs at a number of different types of facilities from special education classes in schools to senior assisted living communities and nursing homes.

Creating Holiday Floral Arrangements

The programs involve hands-on horticulture activities for participants, which
are designed and prepared by Master Gardener volunteers. Examples of projects include: growing houseplants, herbs and vegetables, making topiaries, planting terrarium and dish gardens, propagating plants, and arranging fresh and dried

Creating Holiday Floral Arrangements

We currently work at the following sites:

Asbury Methodist Village (Assisted Living)

Gaithersburg (2nd Wed 3:15pm)

Bartholomew House (Assisted Living) Bethesda (Tuesday, 2pm)

Brighton Gardens, Dementia Unit 

Friendship Heights (1st and 3rd Wed 2:15pm) March - October

Brighton Gardens, Assisted Living 

Friendship Heights (1st and 3rd Wed 1pm) March - October

Brooke Grove Retirement Village  (Assisted Living) The Woods 

Sandy Spring (2nd Thursday 10:45am Alternating months Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Brooke Grove Retirement Village  (Assisted Living) The Meadows

Sandy Spring (2nd Thursday 10:30am Monthly)

Byron House Assisted Living

Potomac (3rd Thursday 2:00pm)

 Friends House Assisted Living

Sandy Spring (Last Tues 3:00pm)

 Friends House Garden, Independent Living

Sandy Spring (Thursdays in season 9am - 11:30am)

Friends House Nursing Home

Sandy Spring (Last Tues 2:00pm)

Grace House Assisted Living

Silver Spring (2nd Wed 11 AM)

 Kensington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center  (Nursing Home)

Kensington (3rd Thurs 2:15pm)

Landow House

Rockville (1st Tues 1:30pm)

Layhill Center  (Nursing Home)

Silver Spring (2nd Thurs 2:30pm)

Marian House Assisted Living

Brookeville (2nd Tues 1:00pm)

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden (Community Services for Autistic adults and children Gardening Group)

Derwood (Once/week Tues 10:30am during growing season, and additional projects)

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden (Autistic Youth Group. Sheppard Pratt Services)

Derwood (Once/week Tues 11:15am during growing season, and additional projects)

NIH (Adult Health Units) Group Currently in hiatus

Bethesda (currently in hiatus)

Raphael House Assisted Living

Rockville (2nd Thursday, 2:15pm)


Sanctuary at Holy Cross Nursing and Rehab Center

Burtonsville (3rd Tuesday, 2:30pm)

Holiday Park Senior Center Activities Room

This Plant Room is open on Tuesdays and Fridays (9 to 12) weekly. MG’s staff it and act as mentors to other volunteers there. In addition they are available to anyone who comes to the room for plant advice. Plants are propagated and grown here and are sold at the center to sustain the program. Occassional group classes on plant propagation and growing are offered.

Plants are available to members of the Therapeutic Horticulture Committee (for a minimal fee) for use in their programs

Wilson Healthcare

Gaithersburg (3rd Wednesday 10:30am)

Note:  Times of programs may vary.  Please contact
Group Leader before planning to attend.  Thank you.

For information on these programs or to inquire about new programs, 
call the Master Gardener office at Derwood, 301-590-9650.

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