From the very beginning, the development of horticultural therapy (HT) as a practice and academic discipline in the United States involved pioneers from the State of Michigan. Alice W. Burlingame was prominent in the organization of the National Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation through Horticulture (NCTRH), which was succeeded by the present American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)...

•Michigan State University was among the handful of institutions of higher learning to provide courses and degree programs in horticultural therapy.
•There have been two national HT conferences in Michigan, including AHTA's 25th annual event in Grand Rapids in 1997.
•MHTA obtained its State of Michigan non-profit organization status in 2001
•MHTA was officially granted 501(c)3 status from the Federal Government effective May 2007



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