Therapeutic Garden Design

Course Code CUGE-HOR-3016
Suitable For
  • Landscape architects
  • Horticulturists
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Online live lecture
  • Group discussion
Course Fee $117.70 (Inclusive of 7% GST)

*Terms and conditions apply.


This workshop will explore important aspects of therapeutic garden design. The session will start with an introduction to the use of gardens for healing, including theories influencing its design, as well as discussion of different types of healing gardens and the populations they serve. Participants will examine design considerations such as accessibility, plantings, placemaking, programming, and other spatial and supportive aspects to be considered by specific user groups such as older adults and those with dementia, as well as other users with special needs. Attendees will also participate in a design charrette where they will be able to further explore concepts presented. 


  • A framework for understanding healing gardens
  • Characteristics of a therapeutic garden
  • Specific users and their needs - older adults, adults with dementia, others (e.g., users with special needs)
  • Other considerations – programming, design team & stakeholders
  • Design charrette


Tham Xin Kai is the Design Director of Hortian Consultancy and Co-founder of Hortherapeutics, a social enterprise that promotes a holistic approach in addressing issues of health and well-being through nature-based design interventions. Xin Kai has an interest in research and design of landscapes that exhibits the therapeutic effects of natural elements. In particular, he has been studying the attributes of various types of oriental gardens that promote the mental wellbeing of people. 

His experiences in the design and development of therapeutic gardens began during his employment at the National Parks Board, Singapore. He had written, co-written books and articles related to Therapeutic Garden design, including the Design Guidelines for Therapeutic Gardens in Singapore, and has designed and built various therapeutic gardens in public parks, schools and senior care facilities. 

Xin Kai is currently pursuing a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy at the University of Florida, which is accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA).


Professional Certification


Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH)


Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA)


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