Reviewing the attributes of quality plants and therapeutic landscapes associated with special populations

Aldous, D. E. (2015). Reviewing the attributes of quality plants and therapeutic landscapes associated with special populations. In: S. A. Park and C. Shoemaker, XI International People Plant Symposium on Diversity: Towards a New Vision of Nature. XI International People Plant Symposium, Baarlo (Venlo), The Netherlands, (153-160). 6-8 September 2015.

Author Aldous, D. E.
Title of paper Reviewing the attributes of quality plants and therapeutic landscapes associated with special populations
Conference name XI International People Plant Symposium
Conference location Baarlo (Venlo), The Netherlands
Conference dates 6-8 September 2015
Convener Beerens, Annette
Proceedings title XI International People Plant Symposium on Diversity: Towards a New Vision of Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789462610866
ISSN 0567-7572
2406-6168
Editor S. A. Park
C. Shoemaker
Volume 1093
Start page 153
End page 160
Total pages 322
Chapter number 17
Total chapters 20
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Horticulture has long been used as a therapeutic medium that benefits special populations. More recently the connection has been made between using landscape quality as a means of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of horticultural therapy programming. Both plants and landscape quality may be analysed from two different perspectives, objective quality and perceived quality. Objective quality refers to the technical and measurable nature applicable to landscape plants, products, processes and service procedures; and subjective or perceived quality refers to the nominative or psycho-physical value judgement and/or perceptions associated with landscape quality. Both perspectives, when discussed cooperatively with the horticultural therapist and health care professional could lead to a quality horticultural therapy experience. Research shows that an understanding of both the objective and perceived attributes of landscape plants may lead to improved ways of sustaining quality horticultural therapy programming of special populations. The author discusses the dynamic nature of plants and the complexities involved in landscape plant usage when working with people with special needs. Little is known about the linkages between horticultural plants and horticultural activities and quality horticultural therapy benefits.
Keyword Plant selection
Objective attributes
Perceived attributes
Horticulture therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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