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TOP 25 Leading Brand Builders

September 24, Somerset County NJ, – Laura DePrado, Horticultural Therapist and President of Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC was just named by Leading Women Entrepreneurs NJ 2018 TOP 25 Leading Brand Builder. Congressman Leonard Lance was Guest Keynote at VIP Recognition Awards at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster September 21st We are Named in New Jersey Monthly Magazine October edition! (more…)

The Power of Plants: The Healing Properties of Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado was interviewed for the September 2018 edition of House Method in the article “The Power of Plants: The Healing Properties of Horticultural Therapy”

Dr. Benjamin Rush, recognized as the Father of American Psychiatry, was the first person to document the positive effects of horticulture on individuals with mental illness. In 1768, he maintained that digging in the soil had a curative effect on the mentally ill, and in 1812, published findings that patients who worked in gardens had better recovery rates from mania compared to those who didn’t have the same gardening experience. Since then, there has developed a fascination with harnessing the power of people-plant interactions, especially in the field of horticultural therapy. (more…)

Sensory Garden

A sensory garden of plants with colors, textures, shapes, and fragrances in a native, sustainable garden that invites safe participation and horticultural therapy programs and activities. Presented by AHTA Registered Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado.

As seasons change, it’s important to continue to connect with nature

With shorter days and changing temperatures upon us, we will spend less time connecting to nature and outdoor gardening activities. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Laura DePrado)

Horticultural Therapist, Laura Deprado and her article “Horticultural Therapy: As seasons change, it’s important to continue to connect with nature” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/.

The end of summer is here. Blooming flowers are tired and looking like they have thrown in the trowel. Summer plants of annuals and perennials, withered, worn and fatigued, make way for the new harvest: A cornucopia of mums, pansies, and fall annuals and perennials taking to the field. 

We, the consumers, respond to the seasonal rhythms and cycles of plants, and plants in turn respond to our care. The cooler evenings are a reminder the harvest is here. We gather. We harvest. Our forefathers’ winter survival depended on the harvest for their survival. (more…)

A Planting We Will Grow

Looking for an engaging Adult Day Care activity? Our video “A Planting We Will Grow” demonstrates the benefits of Horticultural Therapy in an Adult Day Care environment.

Horticultural Therapy: ‘Scent ability’ with herb bouquets and bundles

Laura Deprado is a Horticultural Therapist, and her article “Horticultural Therapy: ‘Scent ability’ with herb bouquets and bundles” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/.

August is prime time to smell, pick, snip, collect and harvest herbs that can be made into bouquets and bundles which in turn provide enjoyment and treatment for participants in horticultural therapy programs.

These herb bundles are used for all populations in horticultural therapy programs. This includes behavioral health programs for teenagers and adults with psychiatric and addiction issue, as well as older adults in memory care, sub-acute care, and day programs add clients with dementia. 

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Laura DePrado is Sworn in to the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board

Chairman Mark Kirby swears in Lauren DePardo

Laura Deprado is a Horticultural Therapist helping people across New Jersey.

August 20, 2018, Somerset County

Laura DePrado of Branchburg is Sworn in to the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board by Chairman Mark Kirby. “This is a great place of privilege to work with the Board in its mission of preserving farmland and enhancing Industry of Agriculture in Somerset County,” said DePrado

Gardening is good for you — and plant a little lavender, too

Lavender is a known healing plant dating back thousands of years.
(Photo: ~Courtesy of Laura DePrado)

Laura Deprado uses Gardening for Therapy to help people across New Jersey. Laura is a Horticultural Therapist, and her article “Gardening is good for you — and plant a little lavender, too” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/

Gardening is an essential part of life. People realized from the dawn of modern man thousands of years ago that plants and gardens and gardening and growing have countless benefits to medicinal application. 

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Aromatherapy in ancient Egypt has linked to today’s booming alternative medicine practices

World-renowned Therapist Mahmoud Saied of Essence of Life Al Fayed showing Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado, President of Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC, some of many essential oils used for Aromatherapy. The great Manufacturer of perfumes, Oil of Flowers and Blends, exports 80 percent of its pure oil worldwide.
(Photo: ~Courtesy of Laura DePrado)

Laura Deprado uses Horticulture for Therapy to help people across New Jersey. Her article “Aromatherapy in ancient Egypt has linked to today’s booming alternative medicine practices” was recently featured in https://www.mycentraljersey.com/  

In 2016, the global aromatherapy market size was valued at $1.07 billion, according to an industry analysis report for 2014 to 2025 published by Grand View Research. And this lucrative growth shows no sign of stopping.  (more…)

Congratulations letter from Thomas H. Kean, Jr – New Jersey Senate


Dear Ms, DePrado

Congratulations on being recognized as a Top 25 Leading Women Brand Builder by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, This is extraordinary honor which acknowledges the excellence that each one of you demonstrates within your respective industries.

Being selected out of many nominations truly demonstrates how much of an inspiration you are to enterprising women both within and outside your industry. Your accomplishments reflect the enormous impact women leaders are making on New Jersey. It is an honor for me to recognize role models like you for all that you have done for both women and your communities.

Once again, congratulations on this great honor, I wish you all the best of luck in whatever your future holds.

Sincerely, 
Thomas H. Kean, Jr 
New Jersey Senate