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Webinar 2: Working Together to Advance the Application ofHorticulture to Human Wellbeing

Horticulture for Health and Well-being Webinar Series
Webinar 2: Working Together to Advance the Application of

21 October 2020 7 pm EDT

Collaboration is the key to growth and sustainability of horticulture as a therapeutic and wellness tool. We will look at it from the horticultural industry perspective, the public horticulture perspective and conclude with comments on what action practitioners can take to further collaboration. In this webinar you will hear from three international leaders that have contributed greatly to advancing the application of horticulture for human health and wellbeing.

Dr. Charlie Hall grew up in the horticulture industry on a nursery in Western North Carolina. Although an economist by training, he is currently a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University and holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture. His major areas of specialization include innovative management and marketing strategies, financial analysis and benchmarking, and the future of nursery and greenhouse crops. He will address how the horticulture industry can work with research, education, healthcare, tourism, finance and other facets within parts of our communities to promote the importance of horticulture to human health, well-being and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy Bradley is an urban pioneer, raising chickens, bees and a son in an edible landscape full of native plants. She is currently the Associate Department Head, Department Extension Leader, and Consumer and Community Horticulture Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. She will talk about how horticulture departments, botanic gardens, and the extension service can work with the community to provide research, education and outreach (including volunteers) to reach specific populations and increase the use of horticulture as a therapeutic tool.

Dr. Paula Diane Relf grew up in East Texas, an avid gardener since childhood. She is currently Professor Emeritus after a distinguished career as a Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech University. She was a founding member of what is now the American Horticultural Therapy Association and established the International People Plant Council. She will moderate the session and explore collaborations that practitioners can make with each other, with industries, universities and other professionals to foster the use of horticulture as a therapeutic tool.

We are partnering with Kansas State University Global Campus to provide Continuing Education Hours for the Webinar series.

For questions please contact Candice Shoemaker at

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