This course will give you all of the skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence you need to start using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) to address rehabilitation, recovery, social inclusion, training, and employment. By undertaking this foundation-level Horticultural Therapy Online Course, you will gain knowledge of the following areas:

  • Introduction to the benefits of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)
  • Key theories on why gardens are therapeutic
  • How gardens and gardening can be utilised as therapy
  • Different models of horticulture as therapy

The course is suitable for anyone who wants to understand how to use Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) whether you are new or have been involved in STH for some time, this course will cover content that helps you to maximise the value and benefits of STH.

By the end of this course, you will have all of the need-to-know information about Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). You will improve your well-being, reduce stress and tension levels, anxiety and restlessness and be able to cope with difficult emotions by regularly being in gardens, parks, and forests - the positive benefits of horticulture therapy.

What is Social and Therapeutic Horticulture commonly known as Garden Therapy and how does communing with nature improve wellbeing and mental health?

Garden therapy is a set of practical tips and tricks for reducing stress levels, minimising negative emotional states and anxiety, and calming down thoughts related to everyday problems and worries. Our specialists will explain to you how garden therapy (Horticulture) works and how to implement it into your everyday life.

Horticultural therapy (also known as social and therapeutic horticulture’) uses the activities associated with horticulture such as gardening, plant propagation, plant care, visits to natural environments and gardens and parks, etc. in personal development; to engender a feeling of well-being, improve physical health and encourage social interaction.

Horticultural therapy is becoming more widely used within mental health services. There are huge benefits to working collaboratively, socialising, having a sense of purpose and responsibility, and learning new skills, which can ease the discharge process and reduce anxiety and isolation.

Horticulture is seen as the 'Art, Science, Technology, and Business of intensive plant cultivation for human use' (Chartered Institute of Horticulture). It is a range of diverse activities from landscaping to the production of food and non-food crops, all of which contribute to human health and well-being.

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What are the benefits of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)?

What will you gain by taking part in the course?


Module 1 - The effects of garden therapy on psychological well-being

Focusing on your senses, feelings, and needs surrounded by plants and nature-how does horticulture therapy help to regulate excessive stress, negative emotional states, and anxiety?

Breath and body work - how does regular exposure to gardens, forests, and parks help you to calm your thoughts, calm down being with yourself in the here and now? Tips for use in everyday life.

The link between nurturing and growing plants and feelings of satisfaction, contentment, and self-confidence - how can watering, pruning, and replanting plants help rebuild self-esteem and overall satisfaction with one's life?

Meditation among plants-how observing and surrounding yourself with plants can increase life optimism? Practical exercises tips from mindfulness professionals to use in everyday life.

Module 2 - Social skills and relationship building in garden therapy

Through nurturing and growing plants you will learn to develop mindfulness, responsibility, and caring - how can caring for your plants help you develop basic social skills?

You will receive substantive support and practical advice on how to carve out time and space in your life for daily interactions with nature tips on how to take care of your mental health with the help of garden therapy

You will work on your patience, your ability to focus, and improve your concentration with the help of plants-tested methods that can be used immediately in both your professional and private life

You will learn effective problem-solving and long-term relationship-building through horticulture - growing plants together is an effective way to improve your relationships with other people and a strategy to help you learn how to solve problems

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Horticultural Therapy Online Course

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  • 2.5 hrs of an on-demand videos
  • Downloadable resources
  • Suggested study: 4 weeks, 2 hrs per week
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