Horticultural Therapy

This is an accredited online course providing a comprehensive introduction to horticultural therapy.

This 6 module course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of horticultural therapy, including many practical ideas and suggestions. The course explores the social and emotional aspects of gardening, and the design of healing and sensory outdoor spaces.

Subjects covered include: principles of horticultural therapy; treatment planning; designing a horticultural therapy space; sensory garden design; the healing garden, managing therapy sessions; finding resources and support; and understanding mental health.

The course includes all required study material and full tutorial support from your expert personal tutor. The course is an ideal introduction to horticultural therapy techniques for students who would like to use them in their day-to-day work, as well as a good foundation for further study in this area.

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.


  • Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Certificate

Book Now - Online Course Offer Price only £170 until 31st August!

Enrol on Online Course - £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 to pay by 6 monthly instalments of £28.33 (Total cost £170).

Course Outline

Module 1 - What is Horticultural Therapy: exploring horticultural therapy - definitions, organisations, perspectives, working as a horticultural therapist, the role of the horticultural therapist, accessibility, horticultural therapy clients, core skills.  

Module 2 – Planning Therapeutic Activities and Interventions: planning therapeutic activities; safety issues, practical examples, understanding client groups and their needs; working with groups.

Module 3 – The Sensory Garden: creating a sensory garden, engaging the senses, designing gardens for clients with limited mobility and visual impairment, accessible gardens, attracting wildlife to the garden, legal issues and garden design.

Module 4 – Rehabilitation and Supporting Disability: Explore client challenges – recovery from injury and loss, the process of rehabilitation, working with older clients, horticultural therapy in palliative care, working with clients who have special needs or sensory impairments, useful contacts.

Module 5 – Horticultural Therapy and Mental Health: History of treatments and the role of horticulture, talking therapies and horticulture, understanding psychological distress, the role of horticultural therapy, creating healing spaces, the relationship between nature and well-being – research and applications to current practice, healing spaces and stress.

Module 6 – Healing Garden Design: History of healing plants, history of healing gardens and hospital gardens, eastern garden design, practical examples.

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.

Russell ParkerHorticultural Therapy

I work in the field of addiction and was asked to develop our outdoor, horticultural programmes. I really didn't feel equipped to do so and was relieved when I found the course. It was a perfect fit, helping me to develop the knowledge and skills needed to put together a very strong programme. The knowledgable, enthusiastic tutor was also a great help!