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Evaluating Awareness of Horticulture Therapy in the Omaha Area

Horticulture therapy, where gardens, landscapes, and other plant materials are used to increase
overall wellness or reach defined therapeutic goals, has a body of research which supports its
effectiveness. To assess potential clients’ knowledge and interest in utilizing horticulture
therapy, a survey was conducted. UNO college students were asked for their input for these
questions. Furthermore, businesses that were potential horticulture therapy providers were
contacted and asked six questions regarding any current or future horticulture therapy programs
offered at their facilities. Afterwards, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office of
Douglas-Sarpy County was contacted and asked about any involvement in horticulture therapy
programs in the Omaha area. Most surveyed students expressed interest in horticulture therapy
while businesses had a few common obstacles to providing this service.