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Healing Nature Forum
Horticulture as Therapy

March 27, 2015
Center for Architecture, Tafel Hall
536 Laguardia Place
New York, NY 10012

The Healing Nature Forum promotes awareness that the connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being, and interactions with plants and gardens — especially vegetables, herbs, and flowers — provide physical, psychological, and community benefits. This year's forum will focus on the factors of healing, meditation, contemplation, and restoration of therapeutic gardens. Join us as we welcome horticultural therapists, landscape architects, and researchers to discuss the importance of horticulture as therapy.

This year’s keynote speaker, Naomi A. Sachs, MLA, EDAC is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network and a doctoral candidate in Architecture at Texas A&M University within the Center for Health Systems and Design. Her dissertation focus is on developing a standardized toolkit for evaluation of gardens in healthcare facilities. Naomi A. Sachs is the coauthor of Therapeutic Landscapes, a comprehensive and authoritative guide that offers an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation.



9:30am–10:00am   Registration and Breakfast
10:00am–11:00am Introductions and Keynote Speaker
    Naomi A. Sachs, Founding Director, Therapeutic Landscape Network
11:00am–12:30pm Morning Panel Discussion
    Milton Puryear, Co-Founder, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
12:30pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm–2:30pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions


Students: $45
Members: $55
Non-members: $75





Email programs@thehort.org for more information.

The Healing Nature Forum joins our Urban Agriculture Conference and Art & Nature Symposium to form a series of three educational programs designed to bring together leading professionals in their fields to examine innovative developments in horticulture and their applications.

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