Therapeutic Horticulture Programming (People with Disability)


The benefits of gardening for children or people with disability are no different than for anyone else, but the ways we facilitate their participation may need to be adapted. Making gardening accessible in the physical sense is important but making knowledge of gardening accessible in a way that is person-centred is just as critical. Taking a person-centred approach this typically includes facilitating active participation within a person's social environment, through shared and guided experiences and activities. Central to this is the dynamic contribution of the participant as both learner and teacher in developing and adapting through their relationships with others, Done correctly, feelings of care, respect and esteem provide important foundations from which a positive sense of self and a feeling of belonging emerges. 

This workshop will provide participants with a sound understanding of the theory behind therapeutic horticulture, contemporary perspectives of how to meaningfully engage children and people with disability in gardening activities and a range of activities for them to implement within their own programmes or classes. Its structure aims to make the day as interactive as possible, with dynamic discussion and hands-on activities. 

The workshop is suited to anyone working with children or people with disability and would like to know how gardening can better enrich their lives and the relationships we have with them. 


On completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

1. Understand the principles behind therapeutic horticulture and how well-being is derived

2. Explain contemporary perspectives of children and people with disability

3. Apply participatory methods for including children and people with cognitive disability in active gardening programmes

4. Design and assess appropriate therapeutic horticulture activities for children and people with cognitive disability.


Course code: CUGE-HOR-3028
Date: 29 April 2019
Time:  9am to 5pm
Venue: Hands-on House Laboratory, HortPark

33 Hyderabad Road, S119578 (off Alexandra Road) (View map here)


  • Classroom lecture
  • Hands-on
  • Site visit


  • Horticulturists
  • Social worker
  • Healthcare professionals


Dr Kate Neale (PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University. Her foray into therapeutic horticulture was through the development of gardening education programmes for children that focused on the children's active participation and the well-being derived from time spent in green spaces. She has subsequently developed therapeutic gardening programmes for people with intellectual disability, those living in supported and independent living aged care accommodation, and social housing. Kate's particular interests lie in exploring how independent and community-style gardening enables individuals to develop wellbeing, a sense of esteem and belonging.  

Professional Certification


Certified Practising Horticulturist


Course Fees (Inclusive of GST)

Full fee


Fees include the provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply. 


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