CUGE-ECO-3117 Themed Gardens: Fragrant Gardens An Aromatic Design

Fragrance is an often neglected aspect of gardens, but one that can add a depth of experience for the visitor that is unmatched by colour, form, or texture. The primal sense of smell can enrich our experience of a garden by evoking powerful childhood memories and also forge indelible new ones. In our busy, stress-filled lives, the delightful array of fragrances offered by such gardens allows one to pause and literally smell the roses.

This course aims to provide the participant with a basic understanding of fragrant gardens, including the species that can be used in local gardens, and factors that should be considered in the design of fragrant gardens.

  • Introduction to fragrant gardens
  • Design considerations
  • Examination of live specimens
  • Site visit to a fragrance garden
  • Design exercise


  • Horticulturists
  • Green space managers
  • Facilities personnel
  • Landscape architects
  • Conservationists


Bian Tan has a background in Ornamental Horticulture (BSc) and Botanical Taxonomy (MSc). He has worked for Botanic Gardens Conservation International (, the world’s largest network for plant conservation. He assisted botanical institutions in the Southeast Asia region with plant conservation, environmental education, and staff capacity building.

Bian has also worked at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, where he curated the living collections at SFBG, and pioneered the development of the South East Asian Cloud Forest collection through collaborations and joint expeditions with institutions in South East Asia. He was also actively involved in teaching docents and the public on various aspects of botanic gardens and horticulture. Bian spent nearly 20 years in the USA, and is currently based in Singapore, where he leads nature and heritage tours for the National Parks Board and trains NParks staff, volunteers, and school teachers in botany, plant identification, and other horticulture related topics.


Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH)  Pending
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Pending
Professional Engineers Board (PEB) Pending
Singapore Institure of Architects (SIA) Pending

*Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information. 

COURSE FEES (Inclusive of GST)

Full fee $173.34

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply
**This course is subsidized by e2i. Only Singaporeans & PRs are eligible for the subsidized course fee and are required to fulfill at least 75% of attendance in training. After registration has been confirmed, participants will be charged full fees if they fail to attend the program or achieve 75% attendance.


Please register and pay online here.
Registration closes when class is full.

*CUGE Course Confirmation Email will be sent to all trainees who have successfully registered.

Please submit your completed online application forms at least 7 days before the date of course. Course places will only be confirmed upon receipt of the duly completed application forms and payment.
Please note that only trainees who have achieved at least 75% of attendance in training will be eligible for funding and scheduled for assessment.

Mr Jason Lim
Tel: 64626105

Please refer to CUGE website for the full terms & conditions.
1. Please note that your placement in the course/programme will only be confirmed upon receipt of duly completed online application forms and full payment of required course fees.
2. There shall be no unilateral cancellation or withdrawal from the course/programme once confirmation notice from CUGE confirming your registration for the course/programme is issued. There shall be no refund of course fees made by National Parks Board for any such cancellation, withdrawal or non-attendance of the course/programme.
However, subject to CUGE’s consent, applicants who are unable to attend a course/programme with valid reasons may request to defer their participation to a course scheduled for a later date or transfer their placement to a replacement participant nominated by the applicant. Such requests must be made to CUGE either by phone, email or in writing at least three working days before the commencement of the scheduled course/programme. Any request made to CUGE less than three working days before the commencement of the scheduled course/programme will not be entertained except at CUGE’s sole discretion.

3. National Parks Board reserves the right to change the details of, cancel or reschedule any programme conducted by CUGE including any change to the Trainers/Assessors, venue and the course fees if necessary or warranted by circumstances beyond our control by prior notice to you at the address / email stated in the application form.