About the owner:
Erin Backus, MS., CRC, HTR
Our founder holds a Bachelor's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill & a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from SUNY Buffalo. She is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Professionally Registered Horticultural Therapist.
Erin currently works at Copia Home and Garden where she is the greenhouse manager and workshop coordinator, as well as a part time teacher at the New York Botanical Garden's HT certificate program. She volunteers her time as the President of the Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network, Board member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association and as a Butterfly consultant for the Pawling Nature Reserve in Pawling, NY.
Erin has done numerous internship at places such as: Longwood Gardens, New England Wild Flower Society, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, State Of Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services & Arms Acres.
What is Horticultural Therapy you ask?
Horticultural Therapy is an area of therapy focusing on the benefits of human interaction with plants and gardens. Clients engage in horticultural activities facilitated by a trained therapist to achieve specific and documented treatment goals.
As a Registered Horticultural Therapist Erin can offer varied programs, including theraputic, social and vocational horticulture.
Check out the American Horticultural Therapy Association and the Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network websites for more information: