1 American Horticultural Therapy Association at http://ahta.org/horticultural-therapy
2 Benefits of Horticultural Therapy
3 Etherington, Natasha Gardening for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs: Engaging With Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia (2012)
5 Söderback, Ingrid, Söderström, Marianne and Schälander, Elisabeth, “Horticultural therapy: the ‘healing garden’ and gardening in rehabilitation measures at Danderyd hospital rehabilitation clinic”, Sweden, Vol. 7, No. 4 , Pages 245-260 (2004) reports on horticultural therapy with 46 brain injured individuals and concludes that the therapy “mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health, well-being and life satisfaction.” Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13638490410001711416
6 Scollon, Richard, Garden Training for Autistic Children in South Florida at http://voices.yahoo.com/garden-training-autistic-children-south-florida-7834728.html?cat=70 “The real miracle however is the effect The Garden at Eden has on the children. They learn what makes things grow, how to care for farm equipment and even how to sell their produce at the local vegetable market. The skills this experience provides for them are priceless and perhaps not available in any other venue.” More at Eden Autism Service’s website: http://www.edenflorida.org/
7 Green, Samantha, “Horticulture Therapy: Using Flowers and Plants To Help Autistic Children”, at Pro Flowers website, http://www.proflowers.com/guide/horticulture-therapy-flowers-and-plants-help-autistic-children
8 Green, op. cit.
9 Macalester College, Department of Psychology at http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/autismwebpage03/Autism/Horticulture.htm