As a horticultural therapist you will use horticultural activities as a tool for helping clients who may have physical or psychological impairments.

This gives them a chance at employment, develops practical skills and in some circumstances rehabilitation.

In horticultural therapy, the tasks for your clients may be in group or individual settings.

This course gives you the chance to try a new form of therapy and is a great component for support and health workers to add to their skills for working with their clients.

This course can be complemented with further studies. Please contact our course advisors for further information.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Scope and Nature of Horticultural Therapy
  2. Understanding Disabilities and Communicating with people with disabilities
  3. Communication, Teaching and Counseling Skills
  4. Risk Management -Hygiene for vulnerable people and what extra risks are to be considered in a therapy situation such as chemical and physical
  5. Accessibility and Activities for people with Mobility issues such as wheelchairs
  6. Enabling the Disabled -with restricted motor skills
  7. Producing Things –Vegetables, Propagation, Fruit, Herbs
  8. Growing in Containers -Vertical gardens, pots, Hydroponics
  9. Creating a Therapeutic Garden
  10. Generating Income
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Explain what horticultural therapy is and why it was developed
  • Learn the counseling and communication skills needed for working with clients with disabilities
  • Determine risk management for your work environment
  • Develop activities for clients with accessibility issues
  • Learn how to produce various crops for harvest from vegies to flowers
  • Determine the types of garden you and your client can grow
  • How to generate income from a therapeutic garden