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.

COURSE FEES (Inclusive of GST)

Full fee $173.34

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment.

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