The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) defines horticultural therapy as: “The commitment of a user, assisted by an expert therapist, to horticultural activities aimed at reaching specific and documented therapeutic goals”. Horticultural therapy is, therefore, a discomfort and disability rehabilitation technique that belongs to the field of occupational therapies and consists in preparing and assisting disabled people, elderly and children for the care and management of greenery, the cultivation of flowers, vegetables and other plants. Its primary aim can be summed up as the offer and acquisition of skills and abilities, together with autonomous and participated activities of the subjects involved, in a specific rehabilitation process finetuned thanks to the collaboration and experience of several professional figures. Taking care of living organisms, preferably in a group, encourages socializing and sense of responsibility, stimulates motor activity, improves general mood, tones up the body, and eases stress and anxiety.
The increasingly apparent need to allow disabled people, elderly, children and those undergoing a rehabilitation process to carry out horticulture activity for therapeutical purposes led us to develop a line of dedicated products. Suitably designed to be used by people with different types of motor deficit, they can also be of help to people with no particular physical limitations. The growing table and the growing planter are two items that can be used in different ways to carry out seeding, transplanting, harvesting and other activities involved in the growing of vegetables. Thanks to special precautions and a few supporting aids, these products can be used in an adequate and practical way by fragile subjects. The aim of these products is to offer equipment that will allow to engage in certain activities and best adapt to the different needs of sensitive users.