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.

  • Basic concepts, theories and principles of horticulture therapy
  • Physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of plants on people
  • Application of horticulture principles and practices in therapeutic settings
  • 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
  • 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.


Full fee (Inclusive of GST): $518.95

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

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