Thank you to all of those who made this symposium a success!

Registered attendees will be able to access symposium content on the Whova web app for 3 months and on the Whova mobile app for 6 months.


On behalf of the members of the organizing and scientific committees, we cordially invite you to attend The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development to be held in a virtual format from October 29- 30, 2021. The decision to hold the symposium virtually was a difficult one to make, but we know it is the right one for everyone involved in this important event. Our primary goal is to ensure the health  and safety of our presenters, attendees, staff, and sponsors. This is a joint symposium encompassing the 15th International People Plant Symposium, the 48th American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference, and the 2nd International Symposium on Horticultural Therapies. We are particularly excited about this symposium because it is a collaboration of the International People Plant Council, the American Horticultural Therapy Association, and the International Society for Horticultural Sciences; it is the 30th anniversary since the first people plant symposium; and it is the first time in 20 years the people plant symposium is in the United States.

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers, educators and practitioners to continue to discuss, identify, encourage and expand the research used by professional and trade associations to clearly demonstrate the benefits  of horticulture in wellness and quality of life. This research facilitates the expansion of programs in diverse areas from urban planning to healthcare.

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