Horticultural Therapy Study Tour
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA

On the 13th of July, 1997, a group of Horticultural Therapists-in-training working with the Japan Horticulture Therapy Society, came to the US to engage in a study tour of the area in and around Blacksburg, VA. Their objective was to see various horticultural therapy programs that are in practice in the region and to discuss some topics in hort therapy and horticulture. The tour group was hosted by Dr. Diane Relf, Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist with the Department of Environmental Horticulture here at Virginia Tech.

The following was the group's itinerary for the durartion of their stay in Blacksburg along with several photos highlighting some of these meetings.

13 July, Sunday
7:15 pmArrive at the Roanoke Airport, transfer by van to Virginia Tech
8:30 pmWelcome & Orientation and check-in (East Campbell Hall)
14 July, Monday
7:30-8:30Breakfast (Campus Dining Center - Dietrick)
8:30-10:00The Role of Plants in Human Well-being, the History of the People-Plant Movement with Emphasis on Horticultural Therapy (Lecturer: Dr. Relf) 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall
10:15-12:00Perspectives on Healing Landscapes and Accessible Gardens; Understanding Horticultural Therapy - Defining Terms and Setting Goals (Lecturer: Dr. Relf) 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall
1:30-3:00Accessing the World Wide Web (Instructor: Kate Dobbs) 106 Saunders Hall
3:30-5:00Experiencing Disabilities: A Hands-on Exercise in Accessibility (VT Greenhouse)
6:30 pmPick up at East Campbell Hall for Dinner and Home Visits with Master Gardeners
15 July, Tuesday
8:30-11:15Resource Development (Lecturer: Dr. Relf) 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall books, videos and other programmatic materials; the role of volunteers; the role of botanic gardens, zoos, universities and industry
12:30-1:15Enclave Employment of Developmentally Disabled Young Adults. Visit with VT grounds crew from New River Valley Sheltered Workshop (with Jerry Dobbs)
1:15-5:00Field Trip: Catawba Psychiatric Hospital
EveningOpen. Dinner at campus dining center - Dietrick.
16 July, Wednesday
8:30-12:00Adaptations for Special Populations: Tools and Techniques (Lecturer: Dr. Relf) 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall
1:00-1:30Discussion: Horticulture and Its Role in Facilities for Elderly. (Lecturer: Dr. Diane Relf) 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall
1:30-5:00Field Trip
Horticulture in a progression of care programs for Elderly:
VT Adult Day Care Center;
Warm Hearth Retirement Community and Assisted Care Center;
Heritage Hall Nursing Care Center and Alzheimer Unit
7:45Board van at East Campbell Hall for reception at Dr. Relf's home
17 July, Thursday
8:15Check out and board van for trip to airport.