Outdoor Antidote: Introducing Therapeutic Horticulture into Senior Living Design


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
1 pm ET, Noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT



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Presented by:

Brad Smith, PLA, ASLA, AICP 

Founder + Principal


Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl, RLA, HTM

Lecturer, Environmental Horticulture Department

Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, Wilmot Botanical Gardens, UF College of Medicine

Certificate in Horticultural Therapy

Wilmot Botanical Gardens at the University of Florida

Course Description

Are you looking for a design solution that will: provide measurable benefits to residents, families, and staff while bolstering marketing and business development results; increase opportunities for meaningful resident activities; avoid added operational burdens for staff; and reduce staff turnover and increase productivity and job satisfaction? This session will cast vision for a low-cost capital investment that can inspire operational excellence and boost community happiness with meaningful programming and proven results. Explore potential connections to the larger community, opportunities to foster intergenerational relationships, and creative ways to grow amazing food and flowers on a community campus. Add value and enhance lives by combining therapeutic horticulture, biophilic design, and respite garden spaces.

Learning Objectives

Understand how therapeutic horticulture can be used to increase safe activity options, enhance well-being, bolster memory skills, strengthen fine motor skills, and enrich sense of purpose and community.

Imagine how a prototype design could be adapted for use on a senior living campus.

Visualize innovative connections between a campus and the larger community context and consider designs that foster and develop mutually supportive intergenerational relationships that are meaningful and focused.

Explore ways to incorporate the principles of biophilic design to reap the therapeutic benefits of nature.