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



We are very excited for future opportunities and services that this non-profit status will allow us. For our members, your membership dues as well as any additional contributions made after May 2007 are tax deductible. Watch for future developments, such as grants and/or scholarship opportunities. If you have experience in grant writing and/or development and would like to join a work team, please contact us.