Horticultural Therapy

Level: Professional Development/Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

From ancient times, gardens have played a vital role in the healing traditions of many cultures. The garden and its creation provide ways for experiencing healing in a very accessible and personal way. The power of the earth and the changing power of vegetation that fruits and seeds, and then is reborn to grow and fruit again, is enriching to the physical body and to the emotions of the mind. This course is designed to help you design, grow and maintain your own Garden of Healing.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction/ Basic Anatomy and Physiology
      • The Psychology of Gardening
      • Systems of the Body
      • The Musculoskeletal System and Stress
  • Lesson Two
    • Garden Tools and Equipment
      • Tools
      • Equipment
  • Lesson Three
    • Health and Safety
      • Protective Clothing
      • Eye and Lung Protection
      • Protective Footwear
      • Hand Protection
      • Head Protection
      • Accidents and Injuries
      • Basic First Aid
      • Contents of a First Aid Kit
      • First Aid Treatment
  • Lesson Four
    • The ‘Country’ Garden
      • Planning and Design
      • Planting and Hard Landscaping
      • Recommended Plants
  • Lesson Five
    • Garden Retreats/ Relaxation
      • Elements of a Garden Retreat
      • Relaxation
      • Controlled Deep Breathing
      • Meditation for Stress Reduction
  • Lesson Six
    • Houseplants
      • Requirements for Indoor Gardening
      • Making a Dibber
      • Care
      • Propagation
      • Flowering Houseplants
      • Foliage Houseplants
      • Cacti and Succulents
      • Conservatory Plants
  • Lesson Seven
    • Indoor Flower Arranging
      • A Bit of History
      • Therapeutic Value
      • Artistic Appreciation
      • Requirements
      • Dried Flowers
      • Pot-Pourri
  • Lesson Eight
    • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
      • Yoga and Relaxation
      • Acupuncture
      • Aromatherapy
      • Alexander Technique
      • Herbalism
      • Psychotherapy
      • Nutritional Therapy
      • Bach Flower Remedies
      • Colour Therapy
      • Crystal Therapy
      • Spiritual Healing
      • Shiatsu
      • Finally

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.