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--Robert Louis Stevenson





Gerry Sherman

Megan Fainsinger
Acting Vice President, NJ

Gwenn Fried
Vice President, NY

Marsha Gayl
Vice President, PA

Bambi Orban

Betty Guise

Jan Lane


Elections & Awards 

Membership & Volunteers

Marissa Beyers

Social Media
Mikkele Lawless


Lori Sherman
Program Sponsorships

Carolyn Vachani


Emily Blumstein


Richard Matteo


Melanie Pylarinos


MAHTN Strength Resides in its Work Teams

A gratifying and fun way to participate in the future of HT is by becoming involved in the activities of your regional HT Networking Group. Join a MAHTN Action Work Team. Pick what interests you and pitch in!

Email to get involved today!


MAHTN is a group of practicing and aspiring horticultural therapists who are avidly and actively dedicated to expanding the acceptance of horticultural therapy as a recognized therapeutic and rehabilitative discipline.

In Oct. 2012, MAHTN, Inc., was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the State of New York. This opens the door to a range of initiatives that enable MAHTN to expand both its visibility and offerings as the leading organization in the Mid-Atlantic region for horticultural therapy professionals.

One of the most significant benefits is our ability to improve our financial viability through fundraising, grants and programs that support the interests and professional needs of our members, as well as educating others to the benefits horticultural therapy can achieve.

The best way for each of us to participate in this ambitious goal is by participating in professional development opportunities, conferences, networking, mentoring and collaboration. Our web site,, is a convenient, interactive complement to our face-to-face activities and serves as a repository for helpful resources, activities and lessons-learned.

As members of MAHTN, Inc., we are committed to the mission of the American Horticultural Therapy Association in building and reinforcing a consistent, credible set of professional standards which will enable us to cultivate a flourishing profession. Learn more about the benefits and requirements of professional registration by visiting AHTA's professional registration page.

The Linda Ciccantelli Memorial Scholarship

Education is critical to the future of the HT profession. To fulfill its commitment to elevate professional standards in practice, MAHTN awards the "Linda Ciccantelli  Memorial Scholarship for Academic and Vocational Achievement"  to two individuals currently pursuing a career in horticultural therapy. 

Scholarship recipients will each receive $750 they can apply toward tuition or internship expenses, one free year of MAHTN membership and, complimentary admission to the MAHTN Annual Conference in September, where recipients are announced.

Students, interns, and emerging professionals (within one year from completing classwork) may apply. For questions, please email our Scholarships & Awards Chair, Jeannette Glennon at

Find more information and the application here.

MAHTN's Annual Awards of Excellence 

It is MAHTN's mission to promote awareness and acceptance of the professional practice of Horticultural Therapy through education, communication and networking. To that end, our Annual Awards allow us to recognize, and serve to underscore, the efforts of those horticultural therapists and HT programs that consistently demonstrate outstanding achievement and success within the field.

The Outstanding Individual Professional Service Award

The Outstanding Individual Professional Service Award is bestowed upon a member of the MAHTN community in recognition of significant contributions in the following areas.

The recipient shall be distinguished by:

  • length of service,
  • distinctive efforts in the education, promotion and development of Horticultural Therapy, and 
  • meaningful contribution to the field, effecting the teaching, philosophy or practice of Horticultural Therapy.

Program Excellence Award

The Program Excellence Award is bestowed on a Horticultural Therapy Program that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of Horticultural Therapy in the community it serves.

The program shall be distinguished by: 

    • innovative programming, 
    • service to its targeted population, 
    • creative delivery, 
    • quality ethical standards, evaluation processes, public relations, and benefits to the community

Nominated individuals and programs should represent the highest standards of excellence in HT practice and serve as enduring models for those of us engaged in or entering the profession. Please consider nominating an individual  or HT Program for a MAHTN Award of Excellence. 

MAHTN Can Help You
Find an Ideal HT Candidate

Does your hospital, school, senior center or other facility currently have an open position--job or internship opportunity--that is appropriate for a horticultural therapist? LET US KNOW!

At MAHTN we are happy to post open opportunities for jobs or internships that may be of interest to our members. We list these on our Members' Job Board.

The best way to promote an opportunity (full- or part-time position or internship) on the MAHTN website is to send us a URL that links to an online job posting on your facility's web site or on a job aggregator site such as We can also post a job description sent as a Word or pdf file. 
Email any related information to

Please be sure to include the following:

  • Position title & description (part-time, full-time, seasonal, etc.)
  • Hiring organization name & location
  • Description of position responsibilities
  • Desired qualifications.
  • Instructions on how to apply.
  • Name & contact info for hiring manager.

Don't forget to include your email address in case of questions.

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