CSPH 5521 - Therapeutic Landscapes

This course is offered completely online.


Course Description:

During the past five decades the field of therapeutic horticulture has grown extensively in multiple settings throughout North American, Europe, Asia and Africa. Whereas therapeutic horticulture theory and practice focuses upon the application of horticulture to benefit the individual or group, therapeutic landscapes address therapeutic benefits at a more generalized level. Therapeutic Landscapes are based on clinical application in a passive and/or active sense. It is a plant-dominated environment (indoor or outdoor) designed to provide numerous and varied therapeutic interactions. It fosters improved well being through designed and prescribed encounters with plants that stimulate the senses and engage the understanding of the people who visit it.

For the purposes of this course, therapeutic landscapes are not synonymous with therapeutic horticulture, even though for many reasons they may serve as a pathway to the same outcome – benefits to people. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the central elements of therapeutic landscapes in the context of multiple health care and social service settings.

Course Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Define the therapeutic benefit of plants in a variety of settings
  • Understand therapeutic benefits of landscapes for clinical use in a variety of populations (specifically for one population in final project)
  • Demonstrate understanding of therapeutic benefits of plants, landscapes and natural environments through practical application
  • Demonstrate an understand of basic landscape design concepts as they relate to the therapeutic landscape – including: site analysis, scale, proportion, pattern, plants and structures, elevation, measurement, concept development, and final design proposal
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accessibility, garden adaptations, and universal design features
  • Understand the basic elements of Feng-Shui in the garden design process
  • Understand the historical significance of labyrinths as well as their contemporary context in the therapeutic landscape design
  • Explain the role of children's gardens and how the garden can benefit the child's development
  • Demonstrate the integration of the landscape design within the clinical objectives of a specific population/user group
  • Describe the role of sustainable gardening techniques as it relates to the specific population/use group

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5521
Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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