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Therapeutic Horticulture Programmes

The Therapeutic Horticulture Programme uses plants and nature related activities to maximise the benefits of a therapeutic garden. With growing interest in the benefits of therapeutic gardens and therapeutic horticulture, a series of workshops has been introduced that are suitable for elderly groups, persons with dementia and other special needs. These programmes are led by trained guides and have been specially designed to:

  • Promote low intensity exercise and improve motor skills;
  • Stimulate memory;
  • Encourage positive social interactions and connection with nature; and
  • Promote mindfulness.

 

Therapeutic Horticulture Programme

The programmes include:

  • Propagation of Edible Plants

    Plant propagation is the process of growing new plants from seeds, cuttings, bulbs or other plant parts. Try this method of obtaining healthy new plants from existing ones. The activity helps to stimulate memory, promote fine motor skills and encourage positive social interactions.
  • Scent Bag Making

    Select a mix of scented herbs and make a scent bag for the home. This activity promotes medium and low intensity exercise, fine motor skills and encourages positive social and environmental connection.
  • Leaf Collage

    Have fun painting flowers and leaves, and make a print of them on paper to create personalised art pieces. This activity promotes medium and low intensity exercise, fine motor skills and stimulates memory and environmental connection.
  • Gardening (Pruning/ Watering/Weeding)

    Learn the basics of plant maintenance, such as weeding, pruning and watering of the plants within the Therapeutic Garden. This activity helps to promote medium and low intensity exercise, encourage positive social and environmental connection and promote fine motor skills.
  • Growing of Edible Sprouts

    Grow your sprouts from vegetable seeds which can be eaten after a few days. They have high nutritional value, require low maintenance and do not require much sunlight. This activity helps to promote medium and low intensity exercise, promote mindfulness and stimulates memory.
  • Flower & Leaf Pressing on Cards

    Create different card designs by pasting leaves on paper. This activity promotes medium and low intensity exercise, fine motor skills and stimulates memory.

 

Please email us at nparks_public_affairs@nparks.gov.sg for the programme schedule and the full list of therapeutic horticulture activities which are held at each therapeutic garden.

 

Join us as a Therapeutic Programme Guide

Love sharing your knowledge and teaching hands-on activities in a cosy, outdoor environment? Join us as a guide to lead or even conduct the therapeutic horticulture programme!

You will be trained to learn how to better interact with the elderly and other participating groups, as well as facilitate various garden and plant-related activities. Training will also cover information on plants found in the therapeutic gardens and how to use the five senses in a garden setting to engage participants.

Guides can choose to volunteer at any of our therapeutic gardens; Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, HortPark or Tiong Bahru Park.

To sign up as a guide, please visit www.nparks.gov.sg/volunteer. For enquiries, please email us at volunteer@nparks.gov.sg.  

Last updated on 22 September 2017

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