October 10th & 11th  |  9:00 AM — 3:00 PM  |  Long Beach Convention Center

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Horticultural Therapy ... Once a Trend, Now a Cultural Shift
by Nicholas Staddon
CEUs applied for: APLD, PGMS, NALP, QWEL

Horticultural Therapy is firmly embedded on the east coast and mid western regions of the United States. At last, this unique form of healing is making an impact in the 14 western states. Join Nicholas Staddon as he shares a passion focused on the wellness landscape. City, town planners, developers and home owners are now getting involved in this new and necessary form of landscaping. Documented evidence shows that healing times can be reduced by as much as 50% when patients come into contact with plants" states Nicholas. Plant therapy is well used in senior centers, wellness facilities, care units and many other places where healing takes place, or people just need to escape the day to day rigors of a stressful lifestyle, a city park, or your own back garden as an example. Anyone with a passion for plants and of course edibles, which have become a foundation plant of many therapy gardens. We know the thrill and satisfaction of harvesting fruit and vegetables is tremendous, regardless of your age. So, if you are designing, developing or maintaining commercial or individual gardens you need to be part of this important conversation.

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PROFILE:
Nicholas Staddon
The Plantsman
Village Nurseries

Nicholas Staddon has been working with plant breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers for the last 15 years, scouring the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nicholas is also sought out as a resource and guest for television and radio gardening shows across the United States. Nicholas works closely with professional Garden Writers, providing information on plants both old and new – sharing his views on garden trends and more. Nicholas has created a series of informative 'Plant Savvy' videos that can be found on line.
Born in England, Nicholas attended Otley Agricultural College where he received his credentials in Agricultural Science. Most recently working at Monrovia Nursery for nearly 27 years, 15 of which he lead the New Plant program. When first in America, he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He says of New Mexico, "One of the most beautiful places in the world—the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it." Nicholas now resides in California and continues to be consumed with a passion for plants and animals. He travels extensively in his quest for great new and notable plants for American gardeners.
Nicholas is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, AmericanHort, formerly the American Landscape and Nursery Association. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Mediterranean Garden Society Southern California, Mount San Antonio College, Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences and Cal-HIP, California Horticultural Invasives Prevention, a voluntary partnership to help gardeners and the horticultural industry to proactively address the problem of invasive plants in the trade.

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