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Individuals benefit from the experience of nature in cities in many ways. A walk in a green space, or simply a view into a nearby natural place supports a person in everyday life. Stress reduction and healing are possible results from nature experiences, and horticulture therapy activities can be used to achieve specific outcomes. Having plants in elderly care facilities can be of particular benefit.


The list below highlights recent ALPHA faculty publications. Each citation has an English abstract link (pdf).

Issues of Japanese Horticultural Therapy on Practical Research for Elders: Observed through Practiced Facilities, Clients’ Conditions, Activity Styles and Goals. Toyoda, M. Journal of the Japanese Society of People-Plant Relationships (in press).  pdf

Physical Activity Level During Gardening in Everyday Life. Kweon, H. J., & Matsuo, E. In: Matsuo, E., Relf, D., & Burchett, M. (eds), Proceedings of the VIIIth International People-Plant Symposium: Exploring Therapeutic Powers of Flowers, Greenery and Nature, (2008): 263.  pdf

Study on Method of Measurement for Stress-Easing Viewing Urban Greenery. Yamamoto, S., & Iwasaki, Y. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture, (2007) 1: 84.  pdf

Horticultural Therapy and Music Therapy for the Elderly Living in a Nursing Home. Sugihara, S., Asano, M., & Aoyama, H. International Psychogeriatrics (supplement for the Silver Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association, (2007) 19 (s-1).  pdf

Study on Use of Landscape Plants Resource to Medicine Treatment. Eijiro, F., Yutaka, I., Komei, M., Hyoujung, K., Chiu Hsin, Y., Ayumu, S., Madoka, E., Youhei, S., & Toshiaki, K. Hort Research, (2006) 60: 109.  pdf

The Psychological, Cognitive and Immunological Effects of Horticultural Therapy on the Elderly Living in a Nursing Home. Sugihara, S., Aoyama, H., Sugimoto, M., Takeda, S., Ikeda, N., & Asano, M. Japanese Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, (2006) 17 (9): 975.  pdf

The Psychological and Behavioral Effects of Horticultural Therapy on the Elderly Living in a Nursing Home. Sugihara, S., Aoyama, H., Takeda, S., Ikeda, N., & Kobayashi, A. Japanese Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, (2005) 16 (10): 1173.  pdf

A Research on a Gaze Time at the Garden Path Walk in Japanese Garden. Sakai, T., Yamamoto, S., & Maenaka, H. Landscape Research Japan, (2004) 367 (5): 365.  pdf

Exercise Intensity of Horticulture as Physical Activity. Kweon, H., Matsuo, E., Choi, J., Ogaki, T., & Shibuya, K. In: Relf, D. (ed.) Proceedings XXVI IHC-Horticulture, Human Well-Being, and Life Quality, (2004): 277.  pdf

Identifying the Image of a Healing Landscape: A Descriptive Study. Miyake, F. A., Takaesu, Y., & Kweon, H. In: Relf, D. (ed.) Proceedings XXVI IHC-Horticulture, Human Well-Being and Life Quality, (2004): 221.  pdf
  last revised August 2, 2008
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