Healing Garden

This accredited online course provides a comprehensive introduction to healing garden design. It looks at ways in which a garden can be designed to create healing and harmony in our lives, contributing to emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

The healing garden offers a link with the natural world that can soothe a flagging spirit and rebuild our social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.In the garden we are connected to the world around us - the soil, plants, animals, water and wind. Whether a rolling rural expanse or a small urban oasis, the garden can be a place of personal rejuvenation and an escape from the stress of everyday life.

Subjects covered include: planning and design of the healing garden; the multi-sensory garden; creating a sensory trail; healing through colour; herbs and their healing properties; creating a herb garden; using healing plants indoors; harmony and healing in garden design; aromatherapy in the garden; essential oils and plant extracts.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded an Edinburgh Garden School certificate of Course Completion. Edinburgh Garden School is part of Borders Connect, accredited by the ODLQC and registered as a training provider with the Online Learning Council. Our course includes 6 easy-to-follow modules and 6 tutor-marked assignments. It includes approximately 54 hours of study time.


  • Certificate in Healing Garden Design

Book Now - Only £170 until 31st August! Normal price £225

Enrol on Online Course Offer Price - £170

Our online course is delivered by email so you can download it to your computer and work on it at your own pace. You can also print the course material if you prefer.

Enrol via 6 instalments

You can choose by 6 instalments of £28.33. (Total cost £170) 

Course Outline

Module 1: Healing Gardens - defining the healing garden; history of healing plants; use of healing plants across cultures; facets of horticultural therapy; aromatherapy in the garden; introduction to garden design – creating a garden plan.

Module 2: The Sensory Garden - accessibility and safety; creating a garden for children; working with older people; what is a sensory garden; creating a ‘sense of place’ within the garden; colour theory; engaging the senses in garden design; a sensory trail; wildlife gardening - creating a wildlife pond, grasses and meadows, woodland edge; legal issues in garden design.

Module 3: Plants and Garden Activities - structure and biology of plants; science of essential oils; uses of essential oils, planning horticultural therapy activities in the garden; example activities; garden activities for children; explore safety aspects in public gardens.

Module 4: History of Healing Gardens 1 - the earliest gardens; ancient gardens - Persian paradise gardens; Egyptian gardens; Roman gardens; Medieval gardens.

Module 5: History of Healing Gardens 2 - development of the Renaissance garden; early history of hospital gardens; Victorian and Edwardian garden design and healing gardens; recent history of hospital gardens; modern landscape design and healing spaces.

Module 6: Eastern Design Influences - history of Japanese and Chinese garden design; Zen gardens; healing spaces and meditation; Feng Shui principles; therapeutic garden design. 

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course and located in the UK.

Fran LongHealing Garden Design

The course is a enjoyable and the subjects covered are fascinating - I really enjoyed it!  Excellent tutorial support aded a valuable extra dimension. I now feel confident creating a garden design to a healing or sensory brief. Great course!