Assessing the well-being of patients participating in a horticultural therapy program on a rooftop garden

Recent research has shown the benefits of horticultural therapy with hospital patients by enhancing their well-being and improving recovery. The purpose of this present study was to expand on this past research in hospital settings, and to explore whether a brief horticultural therapy intervention yielded any improvements in a patient’s well-being and experience with food. Twenty hospital inpatients voluntarily participated in a two-session therapeutic rooftop garden program. Participants completed a pre and post-test survey and personal interview. Post-intervention results indicated statistically significant improvements in patient well-being and satisfaction of food. The significance of this study shows potential benefits of horticultural therapy improving patient quality of care by enhancing recovery, improving clinical outomes, and cost savings for hospitals. With major health care reform and changes currently occurring, horticultural therapy can be an inexpensive, non-invasive and effective augmented modality in a traditional hospital setting.