Horticultural Therapy Center

A horticulture therapist helps patients reconnect to nature’s pace and beauty

Getting well doesn’t just happen from a hospital bed or inside a gym. Sometimes, letting patients get back to nature is the key to physical and psychological recovery. At Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, we offer horticultural therapy, an innovative treatment that uses plants and plant-related activities to assist people with disabilities or traumatic injuries who are recovering at Bryn Mawr Rehab. Patients benefit from working with a horticulture therapist who takes a creative approach to rehabilitation, providing a change of pace and scenery to aid in recovery.

Person joyfully at work watering some of the plants found in the Sydney Thayer III Horticultural Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Horticulture therapy program stimulates meaningful activity and engagement

The Sydney Thayer III Horticultural Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a large greenhouse that radiates peace and beauty. Working with a registered horticulture therapist you’ll enjoy activities like:

  • Starting seeds
  • Watering or repotting plantings
  • Working with fresh flowers
  • Arranging, drying and pressing flowers
  • Outdoor gardening (when weather permits)

Your therapy team will also include physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapists who will help you work toward your therapy goals while enjoying practical activities in a group setting or individually. Working with plants, you can improve mobility, coordination, balance, endurance, memory and socialization skills in a natural, therapeutic setting.

The horticulture therapy program benefits a wide range of people, from those managing a lifelong disability to those recovering from a serious injury. People of all ages can easily participate in greenhouse activities, naturally improving physical and social skills. Our specially designed greenhouse includes extra wide aisles and non-skid floors to accommodate those in wheelchairs. In horticultural therapy, patients share a meaningful activity with others in an effective, creative and flexible treatment platform.

Related specialties

Brain Injury Rehab

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital was one of the first facilities in the country to offer traumatic and nontraumatic inpatient brain injury rehab as well as outpatient brain injury rehab and has remained one of the best rehabilitation hospitals for brain injury treatment in the Philadelphia region for more than 30 years.

Amputee Treatment and Rehab

Through the amputee rehabilitation program, we offer a full range of amputee support and rehabilitation from pre-amputation evaluation to advanced prosthetic training, assuring medical management throughout the process.

Assistive Technology Services

Disability and assistive technology combines technological invention with modern medicine, helping people with physical and cognitive disabilities acquire and use devices that help improve mobility and independence.

Hand Therapy

A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.

Physical Therapy

Each inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab is individually designed and administered by a licensed physical therapist who consistently guides you from that first visit all the way through recovery.

Sports Medicine Rehab

As part of our specialized treatment for each athlete, sports injury rehab includes use of therapies and training exercises that not only mimic the demands of your sport but also address the unique conditions of the specific position you play within your sport.

Speech Therapy

Our multidisciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient speech therapy rehab includes expert diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders led by master’s-level, licensed and certified speech pathologists.