Ann Kent, HTM
Catkin Gardens


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Horticulture and nature-based therapy programs, education, and consulting

Ann Kent, HTM, is a horticulturist and a Registered Horticultural Therapist with more than three decades of experience in therapeutic horticulture, horticultural therapy, nature-based education, and restorative garden design. Her business, Catkin Gardens, is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Ann provides horticulture and nature-based therapy services for a variety of clients including private individuals and long-term care facilities in Vancouver, BC.

Nature heals, whether in garden spaces or natural landscapes. A growing evidence base supports the importance of access to nature for human health and well-being and it is an important theme in Ann's teaching and practice.

Horticultural therapy education and training with Ann Kent

A popular instructor, Ann teaches horticultural therapy courses and workshops in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Over the past three decades she has taught continuing education programs in horticulture, garden design, and nature interpretation for institutions such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver Island University, and the Vancouver Board of Parks.

A member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA), and Thrive in the UK,  Ann holds a Master level designation (HTM) for her professional registration with the AHTA and is one of only two Master level horticultural therapists practicing in Canada. She is a past chair of the CHTA and remains very active in professional development in horticultural therapy.

Ann is also an active member of Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society) and enjoys exploring the forests, estuaries, and beaches of south-coastal BC.

Horticultural Therapy Professional Development Program

Are you someone who would like to bring your knowledge of plants and enthusiasm for gardening to a community where you work or volunteer? Are you interested in adding therapeutic horticulture programs to services available for clients where you work?

This continuing education program, now in its tenth year, provides comprehensive training in Therapeutic Horticulture (TH) and Horticultural Therapy (HT) via certificate courses, seasonal workshops, and opportunities for HT internships.

Education and training opportunities in horticultural therapy continue year round and are designed to be accessible for those who may be working full or part-time, or completing studies in related areas. For a downloadable summary of HT Certificate courses offered during the Fall of 2016, please see:

Each HT course stands alone. Some students elect to take one or two courses, others opt for the full HT Certificate. For more information about horticultural therapy education and training, please see the HT Certificate page.

For more information about horticultural therapy, therapeutic horticulture, gardening, and natural history in British Columbia, enjoy exploring the Interesting Links pages.

If you have questions about the HT Certificate program or about Ann's availability for horticultural therapy consulting, restorative garden design, or teaching, please email

Sustainable communities and sustainable and organic gardening

Individuals and groups are looking to gardening, where they live and work, as an important way of contributing to sustainability in their communities, now and into the future. Through local field trips and hands-on activities, students in Ann's courses and workshops are encouraged to consider gardens and horticultural programs in the context of healthy, sustainable communities.


Ann Kent, HTM
Registered Horticultural Therapist
Catkin Gardens
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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