CUGE-HOR-3024 Therapeutic Garden Design

This workshop will explore important aspecs of therapeutic garden design. The session will start with a discussion of different types of healing gardens and the populations they serve and will include examples of existing gardens. Participants will examine design considerations such as accessibility, plantings, place making, programming, and other spatial and supportive asepcts. Special emphasis will be given to gardens designed for particular populations such as older adults and those with dementia. Attendees will also participate in a design charrette where they will be able to further explore concepts presented. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the differences between various types of healing gardens
  • Identify the characteristics of successful therapeutic gardens
  • Describe design considerations for specific users 
  • Recognise the role of programmed activities in a garden's success
Classroom lecture, hands on and assignment

Horticulturists, landscape professionals, landscape architects, healthcare professionals

Ms Elizabeth Diehl, RLA, HTM is the Director of Therapeutic Horticulture at Wilmot Gardens at the University of Florida (UF). She is a licensed landscape architect, a master gardener, and a registered horticultural therapist. She has bachelor's degrees in both architecture and history, and a master's degree in landscape architecture. Elizabeth began her work in horticultural therapy in Chicago in 1993, where she started up a therapeutic and pre-vocational programme for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities at Misericordia Home. 

She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture from 1999 to 2014. Elizabeth has taught landscape architecture, horticulture, and horticultural therapy courses at several universities and colleges and has published many papers on horticultural therapy and therapeutic landscapes including a chapter on healing gardens in Ecotherapy: Helaing with Nature in Mind. She has provided numerous presentations on people-plant interactions in the U.S. and abroad. 

At the therapeutic horticulture programme at UF, she directs programming for many diverse populations, the newest being a programme for those with autism spectrum discorder and another for adults in addiction recovery. She also coordinates research efforts and manages educational programmes for students and volunteers. 

Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH)  6
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Pending
Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Pending
*Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information. 


Please register and pay online here.
Registration closes when class is full.

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Please submit your completed online application forms at least 7 days before the date of course. Course places will only be confirmed upon receipt of the duly completed application forms and payment.
Please note that only trainees who have achieved at least 75% of attendance in training will be eligible for funding and scheduled for assessment.

Ms Corrin Ng
Tel: 6465 0286

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