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IPPS 2021

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.

Keynote Speakers

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Webinar Series

Webinar Series

The American Horticultural Therapy Association and the International People Plant Council has produced a free webinar series titled: “Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being”. The series aims to share innovations in the field and highlight efforts to promote health, wellness and quality of life through horticulture. The webinars will provide you with the opportunity to learn and interact with practitioners, educators, and researchers in diverse locations and regions.

The series is composed of the following four webinars:

Horticulture and the Community, 16 September 2020, 7 pm EDT – Click on the title to access the webinar materials.

Working Together to Advance the Application of Horticulture to Human Well-being, 21 October 2020, 7 pm EDT – Click on the title to access the webinar materials.

The Research Evidence, 27 January 2021, 7 pm EST – Click on the title to access the webinar materials.

Evidence-based Practice in Horticultural Therapeutic Interventions, 17 February 2021, 7 pm EST – Click on the title to access the webinar materials.

We are partnering with Kansas State University Global Campus to provide Continuing Education Hours for the Webinar series. Each Webinar provides one hour of continuing education. The registration fee for the CE hours is $25 per webinar, or $25 if you register for all four webinars as one unit. When you register, we encourage you to select the series (Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being Webinars, the first choice on the registration page) instead of selecting individual webinars. The total CE hours you will be awarded will be based on your attendance. Our IT specialist will be providing a report of attendance so we will know which webinars you attended.


Get In Touch

Candice Shoemaker, Ph.D.


227 Waters Hall

1603 Old Claflin Place

Manhattan, KS 66506



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