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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, we have developed a series of workshops which 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
  • 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 and consume them after a few days. The sprouts 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.

Registration Process

The programme is being offered at the following parks. Take a look at our schedule for 2022 and indicate your interest via this form at least two weeks in advance. 

HortPark   Choa Chu Kang Park Tiong Bahru Park Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park Telok Blangah Park Punggol Waterway Park Bedok Reservoir Park Pasir Ris Park
11 Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 11 Jan 10 Jan 6 Jan 4 Jan 12 Jan
8 Feb 26 Jan 27 Jan 25 Jan 24 Jan 20 Jan 18 Jan 26 Jan
8 Mar 9 Feb 10 Feb 8 Feb 7 Feb 3 Feb 1 Feb 9 Feb
12 Apr 23 Feb 24 Feb 22 Feb 21 Feb 17 Feb 15 Feb 23 Feb
10 May 9 Mar 10 Mar 8 Mar 7 Mar 3 Mar 1 Mar 9 Mar
14 Jun 23 Mar 24 Mar 22 Mar 21 Mar 17 Mar 15 Mar 23 Mar
12 Jul 13 Apr 14 Apr 12 Apr 11 Apr 7 Apr 5 Apr 13 Apr
16 Aug 27 Apr 28 Apr 26 Apr 25 Apr 21 Apr 19 Apr 27 Apr
13 Sep 11 May 12 May 10 May 9 May 5 May 3 May 11 May
11 Oct 25 May 26 May 24 May 23 May 19 May 17 May 25 May
8 Nov 8 Jun 9 Jun 14 Jun 6 Jun 2 Jun 7 Jun 8 Jun
13 Dec 22 Jun 23 Jun 28 Jun 20 Jun 16 Jun 21 Jun 22 Jun

What Our Participants Say

"Our monthly outing to HortPark is not just a walk in the park, but also provides a therapeutic environment of sensory stimulation. The variety of well-planned themed activities and recently added “Nature Therapy” uses healing power of nature and horticulture to lift the spirits of our elderly residents.

Overall it was a fun and engaging experience and has contributed to improved well-being of our residents with dementia and touched our elderlies’ heart. We are grateful to HortPark as our synergistic partner as we continue to journey with them through activities and environments suited to best care for people with dementia."

- Siti Arsat

Snr Therapeutic Programme Executive at Apex Harmony Lodge, May 2018

"The therapeutic and horticulture garden is a senior-friendly and inspiring environment for our seniors. The programme planned for the seniors was relaxing and they were happy to have your staff and volunteers with them for their activity."

- Chua Swee Kim

Programme Assistant at NTUC HEALTH SilverACE (Whampoa), May 2018

 

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.

To sign up as a guide, do ccontact us at https://www.nparks.gov.sg/feedback.

Last updated on 19 May 2022

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