Amy Petersen - Horticultural Therapist

As a certified Horticultural Therapist CHTA, Amy Petersen uses plants, gardens, and the natural landscape to help her clients improve cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. (, 2016). Horticultural Therapy compliments activation and clinical therapies for clients by providing meaningful experiences in nature to further enhance well-being and quality of life.

If you live in the Grey/Bruce area and would like to schedule a therapeutic session, please email


Goals and Outcomes of a Horticultural Therapy Program

  • To decrease/alleviate depression.
  • To decrease/alleviate anxiety
  • To experience nature in a safe environment.
  • To increase socialization.
  • To stimulate the senses.
  • To reminisce about past gardening, horticultural or farming experiences.
  • To utilize gardening knowledge and skills.
  • To experience stewardship of land and community.
  • To aid in reality orientation.
  • To provide care and nurturing of a living thing.
  • To increase creative self-expression.
  • To regain involvement in an important life activity.
  • To maintain physical abilities.
  • To maintain cognitive abilities
  • To improve self-esteem/self-confidence.
  • To experience dignity of choice.
  • To increase productivity and a sense of purpose.
  • To assist with adjustment to facility.