HTI welcomes our new co-blogger, Susan Morgan, to the “On the Ground” blog. She will work with longtime blog contributor Isabelle Boucq to continue featuring articles on a variety of topics, including HT practitioners, programming, and therapeutic gardens around the world. Susan is an HTI graduate and completed her HT internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where she worked with a variety of groups, including young men incarcerated at a boot camp style jail, youth at risk, and individuals with developmental disabilities. She holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Tennessee, including M.S. in public horticulture, and an international diploma in botanic garden education from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England. As horticulturist and therapeutic horticulture practitioner with her business, The Horticultural Link, LLC, Susan delivers therapeutic horticulture services in Dallas, Texas, as well as offers horticultural consultations and freelance writing services. Her writings and photography have been featured in the American Horticultural Therapy Association News Magazine, Journal of Environmental Education, and Scripps Networks Interactive / HGTV websites, where she was previously assistant gardening editor, online. A recipient of AHTA’s Alice Burlingame Humanitarian Service Award, she blogs about her experiences in therapeutic horticulture and gardening and shares activity ideas, recipes, and other musings at eatbreathegarden.com.
Author: Isabelle Boucq
Isabelle Boucq, a French native and former HTI student as an author of “On the Ground” an HTI forum blog. Boucq first came to the United States to study at the University of Oregon where she obtained a master’s in Journalism. She has worked as a freelance writer for over 15 years covering high tech, business and many other topics in French and in English. With her American husband and two sons, she lives alternatively in Paris and in California. In 2010, she discovered HT and attended HTI classes before working as a volunteer in an adult day center under the supervision of a HTI graduate. While preparing to return to France in the spring of 2012, she started a blog in French, Le bonheur est dans le jardin, to help French speakers discover the field of horticultural therapy through a variety of programs, both in the US and in France. Upon her return to France where HT is a budding discipline, she joined a training session led by Anne Ribes, a pioneer in the field, and was invited to speak at a conference on HT. She also helped start and manage the first French online forum about HT.