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Lesley L. Fleming, MA, HTR loves salvias, rhubarb, pruning and swimming in the ocean.
She also spends her time as a registered horticultural therapist, consultant and writer in the United States and Canada. Active in the field for 10 years, she has been Editor in Chief of the American Horticultural Therapy Association News Magazine, AHTA board member, President of Florida Horticultural Therapy Association, and advisory member of Halifax (N.S.) Common Roots Urban Farm and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. She is recipient of several national horticultural therapy awards including The American Horticultural Therapy Association’s Alice Burlingame Humanitarian Award 2008, their 2013 and 2016 Publication Awards. Her work has been recognized by the Florida Horticultural Therapy Association’s 2009 Professional Service Award and the 2010 University of Florida - Florida Master Gardener Special Audiences Award for the Falkenburg Jail-Master Gardener Therapeutic Horticulture Program.
Lesley has written extensively on issues within the horticultural therapy field. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, she has investigated Botanic Gardens: Fertile Soil for the Practice of Horticultural Therapy (2010), and Veterans to Farmer Programs: An Emerging Nature-Based Programming Trend (2015). A regular contributor to the Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association and the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network publications, she is frequently published online at http://www.eatbreathegarden.com.