Horticulture and nature-based therapy programs, education, and consulting
Ann Kent, HTM, is a
horticulturist and a Registered Horticultural Therapist with more than three decades of experience in therapeutic
horticulture, horticultural therapy, nature-based education, and restorative garden design. Her
business, Catkin Gardens, is located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Ann provides horticulture and nature-based therapy services for
a variety of clients including private individuals and long-term care
facilities in Vancouver, BC.
Nature heals, whether in garden spaces or natural
landscapes. A growing evidence base supports the importance of access to
nature for human health and well-being and it is an important theme in Ann's
teaching and practice.
Horticultural therapy education and training with
A popular instructor, Ann teaches horticultural therapy
courses and workshops in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Over the past three decades
she has taught continuing education programs in horticulture, garden design,
and nature interpretation for institutions such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
Vancouver Island University, and the Vancouver Board of Parks.
A member of the American Horticultural
Therapy Association (AHTA), Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association
(CHTA), and Thrive in the UK, Ann holds a Master level designation
(HTM) for her
professional registration with the AHTA and is one of only two Master level
horticultural therapists practicing in Canada. She is a past chair of the CHTA and
remains very active in professional development in horticultural
Ann is also an active member of Nature Vancouver (Vancouver
Natural History Society) and enjoys exploring the forests, estuaries, and
beaches of south-coastal BC.
Horticultural Therapy Professional Development Program
Are you someone who would
like to bring your knowledge of plants and enthusiasm for gardening to
a community where you work or volunteer? Are you interested in adding
therapeutic horticulture programs to services available for clients
where you work?
This continuing education
program, now in its tenth year, provides comprehensive training in
Therapeutic Horticulture (TH) and Horticultural Therapy (HT) via certificate
seasonal workshops, and opportunities for HT
Education and training
opportunities in horticultural therapy continue year round and are
designed to be accessible for those who may be working full or part-time, or
completing studies in related areas. For a downloadable summary of
HT Certificate courses
offered during the Fall of 2016, please see:
Each HT course stands alone. Some students elect to take one or
two courses, others opt for the full HT Certificate. For more information about
horticultural therapy education and training, please see the
For more information about horticultural therapy, therapeutic horticulture,
gardening, and natural history in
British Columbia, enjoy exploring the
Interesting Links pages.
If you have questions about the HT Certificate program or
about Ann's availability for horticultural therapy consulting, restorative garden design,
or teaching, please email
communities and sustainable and organic gardening
Individuals and groups
are looking to gardening, where they live and work, as an important way
of contributing to sustainability in their communities, now and into
the future. Through local field trips and hands-on activities, students in Ann's courses and workshops are encouraged to
consider gardens and horticultural programs in the
context of healthy, sustainable communities.