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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Horticultural Therapy in a Behavioral Healthcare Setting

Deana Grall CTRS
Recreational Therapist, Rogers Memorial Hospital
Geoffrey Roehll ASLA
Senior Principal, Hitchcock Design Group

Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Oconomowoc campus is focused on providing behavioral health services for a wide variety of clients and patients. As part of its ongoing mission to provide comprehensive treatment options, the hospital incorporated a therapeutic garden into its campus. The purpose of the garden was to create a safe, but interactive environment for patients that would allow them to connect with nature and in turn, help facilitate their achieving goals that are outlined in their treatment. This session will focus on how a custom design was created for the garden that supported the vision of the hospital for the garden and how the garden has been incorporated into their established program.


1. Participants will understand the benefits of including a therapeutic garden in a healthcare setting.
2. Participants will learn the best practices for design a therapeutic garden in a behavioral health setting.
3. Participants will be given practical examples of how a therapeutic garden can be utilized at a behavioral health facility achieve goals and results.
4. Participants will understand the positive and negative implications of incorporating a therapeutic garden into their sites.