Masters Thesis

From bud to blossom: therapeutic effects of horticulture activity on Native Americans

Limited documentation exists about the therapeutic effects of gardening for Native Americans. Native American individuals who utilized services at local Inter-Tribal Health Center participated in a horticulture group which has been in place since April, 2015. The project used a mixed-methods research design. Quantitative data were collected by administering a pre- and post-horticulture activity questionnaire and qualitative data were collected from staff members who participated in individual interviews regarding an evaluation of the context and progress of the horticulture group. Program evaluation techniques were used to measure the strengths of the established group, and recommendations offered for further development of the group. The goal of the project is to increase the data available about the therapeutic benefits of horticulture activity on Native Americans in recovery from substance abuse issues who are participating in ongoing aftercare treatment.