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Horticultural Therapy 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT341 CLD
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( Andy, 17/05/2019 ) Q:

Re: Horticultural Therapy Course. What is the nature of the exam? Is it taken at a centre? Is the project option available for this course?

( 17/05/2019 ) A:

Hello Andy,

Thank you for getting in touch.

The final exam is taken at a time and place convenient to you, but a final project is also available as an alternative. For further information on how the exam will work if selected, please click on the links below:



I hope that this information is useful.

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( Ian, 31/01/2019 ) Q:

I have a question about your horticulture therapy course. Do you get any books to help with the course or is there a suggested reading list to help with the course?

( 31/01/2019 ) A:

Hello Ian,

Thank you for your question.

Detailed reading material is included with the course. However, you should note that there are set tasks for each lesson to help you acquire a deeper understanding of what you need to learn. These can be in the form of further independent research, networking or suggested reading. The written assignment you are required to submit for each lesson, will be based on the reading notes and the set tasks that you do. The course is structured in a similar fashion to doing a degree in that it is based on reading, research and reporting.

I hope that this is helpful.

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( Ping, 18/01/2017 ) Q:

Hi, May I enquire is the certificate is recognised by universities locally or globally or both? Also, for electronics certification is it allow to use to apply universities courses?

( 18/01/2017 ) A:

Hello Ping,

Thank you for your questions.

The course may be accepted by universities, but it will depend on the entrance criteria and your own particular circumstances (other qualifications, mature student status etc). The course is worth 10 UK credits and 3 U.S. credit hours, but you will need to approach the university of your choice to ask them,before enrolling, if you want to use the course for that purpose.

The course is ideal for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and covers what is needed to become a Qualified Horticultural Therapist. 

( mia, 03/01/2017 ) Q:

hi :) if i do this course.can i get a certification ? if i get is that certificated by ADL ? and how can i get ? because of i live in korea @-@

( 03/01/2017 ) A:

Hello Mia,

Thank you for your questions.

Once you have successfully completed the course, ASIQUAL, the independent awarding organisation which assesses the levels of our courses, will issue a certificate. You will receive a hard copy of the certificate in the post, along with a transcript of what you learned and your assignment grades. You will also be awarded a Distinction, Merit or Pass, depending on how well you have done overall. In addition to the certificate and transcript will sent to you electronically.


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( 11/07/2016 ) A:

Hi Flora,

You can complete the course with either an exam taken at a time and place of your choosing, or by doing a final project set by your tutor. 

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Horticultural Therapy 100 Hours Certificate Course

Horticultural Therapy course online. Horticultural therapists use horticultural activities as a tool for helping disadvantaged people. The therapy may be focused on either:
  • improving or maintaining muscle function, and other aspects of physical well-being
  • psychological wellbeing (eg. helping elderly people stay active in their declining years, helping disabled people to have a sense of worth, providing an opportunity for social interaction, etc)
  • providing people with impaired capabilities with an opportunity for employment (eg. In a sheltered workshop
  • providing a pathway to rehabilitation; or perhaps providing an alternative lifestyle.
  • developing practical skills
  • developing social skills
  • rehabilitation of physically or psychologically damaged individuals

Sometimes programs are developed with a group focus, and at other times they are tailored for the needs of an individual.  The therapist may work with a small group, or they may work one on one with individuals. They often work closely with health care professionals or other service providers  (eg. A physiotherapist may better understand the physical needs and limitations of an accident victim. A horticultural therapist working with a physiotherapist can develop a program of horticultural activities for an individual, that is tailored to their needs and leads to effective rehabilitation. The benefit of this “joint” approach may be that the patient can be prescribed a pathway to recovery that does not seem like exercise, and which the patient is more motivated to adhere to).


 This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).

A horticultural therapist needs to be part horticulturist, part health care worker, part counsellor, and sometimes other things beyond these. They can work in medical or health care institutions (eg. Hospitals, Homes for Elderly), community centres, special schools (eg. for people with disabilities), Sheltered Workshop, Prisons, or any other relevant situation.

Horticultural therapy is used for people with a wide range of cognitive, physical and social skills, including those people:

  • Suffering from stroke
  • Suffering from heart disease
  • With sight impairment (the blind and the partially sighted)
  • With dementia
  • With learning disabilities
  • With physical disabilities (including amputees)
  • With underdeveloped social skills
  • Chronically unemployed
  • Disengaged teenagers
  • In substance abuse recovery
  • Recovering from illness
  • Coming to terms with grief
  • Adjusting after personal difficulties in their lives
  • With terminal illness
  • Rehabilitating after a period in hospital
  • With physical restrictions  - such as the elderly
  • Children – in general.



Learning Goals: Horticultural Therapy BHT341
  • Describe the scope and nature of horticultural therapy.
  • Discuss the application and significance of communication skills to interacting with clients in a horticultural therapy situation.
  • Identify potential risks to participants within a horticultural therapy program; outline risk minimisation procedures.
  • Determine solutions to improve accessibility and usability for disabled people in horticultural situations.
  • Describe ways to modify horticultural practices to suit them to disabled people.
  • Explain a variety of horticultural therapy solutions appropriate to people with restricted motor skills
  • Describe a range of containerised gardening techniques suited to a horticultural therapy program
  • To create gardens that are appropriate for horticultural therapy situations
  • Explore ways that horticultural therapy can become a partial or fully funded activity by generating income



Lesson Structure:   Horticultural Therapy BHT341

There are 9 lessons in this course:

1  Scope and Nature of Horticultural Therapy

  • Why Horticultural Therapy?
  • Who uses Horticultural Therapy?
  • Where can we use Horticultural Therapy Programs?
  • What are the Benefits of Using Horticultural Therapy
  • General Benefits
  • Physical Benefits
  • Psychological Benefits
  • What do you need to be a Horticultural Therapist?
  • Typical Jobs or Career Paths
  • Liability

2  Understanding Disabilities and Communicating with people with disabilities - Communication, Teaching and Counselling Skills

  • The significance of communication skills to interacting with clients in a horticultural therapy situation
  • What are Intellectual disabilities/ intellectually challenged/ learning?
  • What are mental illnesses /mental health issues/ mental disorders?
  • What is Communication?
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Listening
  • Teaching Skills
  • Learning Principles - What is Learning?
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Teaching Models
  • Recognising Learner’s Needs
  • Writing a Program
  • Counselling Skills

3  Risk Management - Hygiene for vulnerable people; what extra risks are to be considered in a therapy situation - chemical, physical

  • Identifying potential risks to participants within a horticultural therapy program
  • Developing risk minimisation procedures
  • Risk Management for Vulnerable People
  • Workplace Health and Safety Issues
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Assessing sites and operations for risk
  • Conducting a Safety Audit
  • Risk Control Methods
  • Safety Precautions for a Horticultural Therapy Program
  • Manual Lifting
  • Rules for Using Tools
  • Personal Protective Equipment

4  Accessibility and Activities for people with Mobility issues

  • Determine solutions to improve accessibility for disabled people in horticultural situations
  • Ensuring that horticultural therapy is offered in a way that is accessible to clients and their particular needs
  • Help With Manual Tasks
  • Examples of Adaptations in Tools and Equipment
  • Physical Support
  • Understanding Ergonomics
  • Working with other Professionals
  • Protective Gear

5  Enabling the Disabled - with restricted motor skills

  • Modify horticultural practices to be suitable for disabled people
  • Enabling Gardening Activities
  • Gardening in Raised Beds
  • Staged Therapies
  • Horticultural Therapy for Mental Disorders
  • Effectiveness of Horticultural Activities

6  Producing Things – Vegetables, Propagation, Fruit, Herbs

  • The Garden - A Growing Place
  • Planning the Crop
  • What to Grow?
  • Planning the Cropping Program
  • Crop Rotation
  • No-Dig Techniques
  • Propagation
  • Sowing and Transplanting Guide
  • Transplanting Seedlings
  • Crowns, Offsets and Tubers
  • Cold Frames
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Propagating Herbs
  • Culinary Herbs Directory

7  Growing in Containers -Vertical gardens, pots, Hydroponics

  • Growing Plants in Containers
  • Problems that can occur with Pots
  • Growing Fruit Trees in a Container
  • Growing Strawberries in Containers
  • Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Vertical gardens
  • Hydroponics
  • A Simple Hydroponic System

8  Creating a Therapeutic Garden

  • Learn to create gardens that are appropriate for horticultural therapy situations
  • Creating a Therapeutic Garden
  • Consulting with other Professionals
  • Garden Retreats for Rest and Recuperation
  • Sensory Gardens
  • Some popular Plants for a therapeutic garden
  • Landscape Principles
  • Design Elements
  • Plants to Avoid or to use under Certain Conditions

9  Generating Income

  • Explore ways that horticultural therapy can become a partial or fully funded activity by generating income
  • Working with Others
  • Work Hours & Pay
  • Sheltered Workshops
  • Therapeutic Farms
  • Small Business Opportunities for Disabled People
  • Certification & Registration

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.



Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Iona Lister course tutorIona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.


Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 


Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes



Extract from course notes

There are many benefits to be gained from horticultural therapy. These benefits are both physical and psychological.

General Benefits

  • People of any age can participate in horticultural therapy.
  • The horticultural therapist can individualise the work they do with a person, according to their abilities, so activities in horticultural therapy should be accessible for all.
  • For example, work areas can be made more accessible for people who have difficulties with their back or bending, so that they do not have to bend over work areas. Work areas can be lowered so people in wheelchairs can use them. They can also be lowered so that children can work on benches and so on.
  • The location where horticultural therapy is carried out can also be individualised. For example, the area could be controlled so that children or vulnerable adults do not have access to dangerous plants or put plants in their mouths. Gardens can be made accessible for people with wheelchairs, mobility problems, sight difficulties and so on.

Physical Benefits

Horticultural therapy can help people to:

  • Improve their fine motor skills. We have fine and gross motor skills Gross motor skills involve our larger muscle groups, such as when we dig, run or jump. Fine motor skills involve the use of our smaller bones and muscles, as we would in handling secateurs, sowing seeds, writing and so on.
  • Increase muscular strength and muscle tone – being involved in gardening can help a person to increase their muscular strength. Even if they are not able to use some of their muscles, for example, if they are unable to use their legs, it can increase their muscle strength and tone in other areas, such as their arms, shoulders etc.
  • Increase range of motion – Having to move around, dig, prune, sowing and so on can help increase the range of motion a person has.
  • Improve coordination and balance – Being involved in gardening and horticultural therapy can help a person to improve their coordination and balance. Imagine digging, this requires the use of arms and legs, so requires a good range of coordination and balance. If a person cannot use their legs or arms, then the limbs that they do use will require increased strength and tone and also balance and coordination.
  • Therefore, horticultural therapy can increase a person’s physical health.

 Psychological Benefits

  • Horticultural therapy also has psychological benefits:
  • It can help increase a person’s self esteem. For example, a person who does not feel they are good at things, perhaps they have disabilities or learning disabilities, being able to be involved in gardening and horticulture, and do it well, can increase their self esteem.
  • It can help increase their independence – It can help a person to learn new tasks, to work on their own, to learn more about plants and gardening. It can also help with their independence if they are able to transfer these skills to other environments and their own home. For example, growing plants and vegetables in their own home.             
  • It can also increase the observation skills a person uses. They have to become aware of how plants grow, how seeds should be planted and so on.
  • Horticultural therapy can also allow a person to make choices. With some psychological conditions, such as some learning disabilities, a person may not have very much control over their own life, so being involved in horticultural therapy enables them to make choices and state their independence more than they have possibly in the past.
  • Horticultural therapy can increase a person’s problem solving skills – when to plant certain crops, how, how deep, what type of soil, what do they do in less than ideal situations and so on? It can also help them to consider more about their own abilities. People can show great initiative. What if they find digging hard? Or planting seeds hard? The person and the horticultural therapist can look at ways in which they can become more involved, so aiding their problem solving skills also.
  • It can also increase a person’s creativity, help them to think of how they do things, how they plant a garden, where is the best place to plant a particular flower, what would look best and so on.
  • Gardening and horticulture can also be a place where a person can let out their emotions or stress or anger.   Exercise can be a good release of anger and emotion and there is obviously exercise involved in gardening. Also, thinking about the plants and soil and what you are doing can be a good distraction from a stressful situation.
  • Horticultural therapy can also have social benefits, allowing the person to interact socially with others, which can also increase their self esteem, social skills and speech and language skills.
  • By showing a commitment to living things, a person is taking responsibility for that work, that garden and also to working with others as part of a team or group.
  • It can also help a person to deal with success and failure. A person may have many filatures in their life, but gardening can help them to find ways to overcome failures. Because a plant does not flower one year or a vegetable crop does not grow as well as planned, this can be used to help the person to look at what they did (problem solving again) and how things could be improved. Was it the wrong soil? The wrong location? Was the weather too cold for the plants to survive? What could they do about that?
  • It enables a person to commune with nature and to feel the benefits of doing so.
  • It also allows the person to be inspired by others, to learn more about nature and their environment.



EBook to compliment this Course

Organic Gardening EBook

Written for students and keen home gardeners, this colourful ebook is packed with guides and information on how best to take advantage of the organic growing revolution for your plants and garden.

Organic Gardening 

by John Mason

Link to eBook on Organic GardeningOrganic Gardening eBook course online. For decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens, reliance on chemical controls have been the mainstay for many gardeners. 

Unfortunately it is only recently that we have become aware that many of these chemicals are dangerous to humans, let alone the environment. Natural gardening has however increased in popularity in recent years due to the conscious awareness of safety in the garden, the protection of the environment, plus the desire to produce uncontaminated crops that are healthy to eat.


Chapter 1  Introduction (covering the nature and scope of organic gardening)

Chapter 2  Soils and Nutrition

Chapter 3  Pests and Diseases

Chapter 4  Natural Weed Control

Chapter 5  Conservation and Recycling

Chapter 6  Growing Vegetables Naturally

Chapter 7  Growing Fruits, Nuts and Berries the natural way

Chapter 8  Growing Herbs Naturally

Chapter 9  Growing Flowers Naturally

Chapter 10 Growing Trees and Shrubs Naturally




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