CUGE-HOR-3016 Introduction to Horticulture Therapy and Therapeutic Gardens Design

This course introduces the principle of horticultural therapy, which uses gardening setting and activities in health care and human service programmes. The course describes the application of horticulture principles and practices in therapeutic settings, and the effect of the horticultural therapy on the cognitive, social, emotional and physical of different groups of users which include patients, elderly, children and people with special needs. The trainer will share on the considerations and solutions for the design of indoor and outdoor therapeutic gardens that fit the site condition, targeted group of people, and selection of appropriate plants to support the goals of a HT programme.

At the end of the course, participants can expect to learn:
  1. Basic concepts, theories and principles of horticulture therapy
  2. Physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of plants on people
  3. Application of horticulture principles and practices in therapeutic settings
  4. Accessible and therapeutic landscape design in urban setting, including interior and rooftop therapeutic garden design


Time Topics
Day 1 AM Session
  • Introduction to horticulture therapy and therapeutic horticulture
  • Understanding the theories and principles of horticulture therapy
  • Physiological, psychological, and sociological benefits of gardens
  • Horticultural therapy for different user groups (patients, elderly, children, people with special needs)
  • Sharing session with a post–stroke patient who has benefited from horticulture therapy.
  • Developing horticulture therapy program
  • Case studies 
PM Session
  • Planting & horticulture therapy techniques
  • Sharing session of HortPark's therapeutic garden and design perspective
  • Tour HortPark's therapeutic garden
 Day 2   AM Session
  • Introduction to therapeutic design principles
  • What are healing and therapy Gardens
  • Understanding accessibility
  • Understanding who you are designing for. Who are the end users?
 PM Session
  • Presentation of design concept
  • Course wrap up and evaluation

Classroom lecture, field study and assignment

Horticulturists, landscape professionals, horticulture therapist, medical professionals

Tara Graham–Cochrane is an award–winning landscape architect with DesignWell Landscape Architects who has a passion for connecting people with nature through the use of the outdoors as a tool for therapy and to enhance health and wellbeing. Tara designs healing and therapeutic landscapes for the aged care, healthcare and education sectors with a focus on those with special needs. Tara is an active panel member on the Australian DEEP project (Dementia Enabling Environments) and is the author of 'Gardens That Care: Planning Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia'. Tara is the president of Horticultural Therapy South Australia and is a regular speaker and facilitator of horticultural therapy and therapeutic design courses.

Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH)  12
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) 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 $518.95
Singapore Citizen/PR  $310.30
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.

Ms Corrin Ng
Tel: 6465 0286

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.