LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS The Glass Garden offers an intensive
five-day program for professionals in landscape architecture
and design who are interested in creating therapeutic gardens
at healthcare facilities. The training enhances knowledge,
skills and experience in the planning, design and management
of gardens for residences, hospitals and other treatment
centers. The program gives the trainee the tools needed to
design creative and aesthetic interior and exterior gardens
that enrich the facilities and meet the therapeutic needs
of the target populations.
GARDEN PROFESSIONALS Training is also offered
to botanic garden professionals who want to integrate special
populations into their programming, outreach, and facility.
Topics include safety issues, program development, design
for children, clinical practices and outcome evaluation.
EDUCATORS AND THERAPISTS The Glass Garden
staff members are on the faculty and offer classes at the New
York Botanic Garden and Rutgers University. They present sessions
at annual conferences, symposia, and workshops around the country,
demonstrating the techniques and benefits of horticultural
therapy to educators, therapists and other professionals.
INTERNS The Glass Garden has an
active and rigorous horticultural therapy intern training
program. Interns experience a wide range of programming
for children to the elderly and participate in the entire
range of garden activities.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Through the City-As-School, the
Glass Garden offers science credit internships to high school
students from this alternative New York City school. Students
work one semester in the horticultural therapy program and
focus their learning experience on the horticulture aspects
or the patient rehabilitation components, or both.
RESEARCH INIATIVES The Glass Garden research initiatives are designed to explore the beneficial effects of natural settings and horticultural activities on human health and well-being. Improved cognitive, social and emotional outcomes for the varied populations served by the Glass Garden are evaluated. Past projects have looked at the effects of horticultural activities on mood and stress levels in cardiac rehabilitation patients, the range of benefits perceived by general rehabilitation patients, attitudes toward participation in the garden programs, and the meaning of therapeutic gardens for those who visit them. Our goal is to include a research component into all Garden programs to further the understanding of the impact of the natural world on wellness.