Patty Cassidy holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a registered horticultural therapist. She currently works with frail elders and older adults, especially those who have memory impairment. For the past seven years, she has been president of the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers by maintaining the garden and providing therapeutic and educational activities.
Patty is vice president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Her book, The Practical Illustrated Guide to Gardening for Seniors, published in 2012, won the AHTA Publication Award in 2013 and was chosen by The Oregonian as one of the top five garden books for the year 2012. Patty is a life-long gardener and been a Master Gardener since 2003. She currently lives in Portland, where for the past 33 years she has tended her large residential garden in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.