Training and Good Practice Sharing

Trellis Training

Trellis offers a variety of training opportunities in-person and online
Keep your Continual Professional Development (CPD) up to date and extend your gardening activity repertoire through a range of fun, practical training opportunities. The HAVE A GO and HAVE A GO+  range is suitable for those with little or no gardening knowledge:

In-person Events - Trellis Networking Seminars Connect with others at a therapeutic garden venue, garden tour and workshops. Aimed at those in care, health, education and community settings who wish to develop their therapeutic gardening practice/project. Non-certificated CPD. Venues across Scotland. Scroll down for details and registration.

HAVE A GO+  CPD certified training online Seasonal Gardening Activities Training Programme. Aimed at those in care, health, education and community settings who wish to support their clients to do tabletop gardening activities. These units will empower you with the confidence, skills and knowledge required to enable you to adapt gardening activities to your clients needs. No gardening knowledge required.The programme units are run seasonally in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Each Unit £85 Click here for further information and access to a FREE taster Unit. 

HAVE A GO+ Resources  Activities Resource Packs, full of seasonal gardening activity ideas, are available to buy,  £14.99 from the online Trellis Shop  

HAVE A GO with our short LIVE Demonstration ( via Zoom) and GROWING SERIES online sessions. Aimed at those in care, health, education and community settings who wish to support their clients to do tabletop gardening activities. Tips on how to adapt or and engage your clients. No gardening knowledge required. Non-certificated CPD. FREE to access. Scroll down for details and registration.

HAVE A GO Resources
Trellis Youtube channel showing a range of  Trellis Youtube 'How to...' videos - adaptable gardening activities to do at home /with your clients
Free to download Activity Sheets
Stay Well and Garden 
resources and inspiration - helping you to garden with your group during COVID19 

 If you would like to suggest a topic or a venue for training please contact us on 01738 624348 or email

17 March, 2024 - 10:00

Join Trellis and CFINE at The Bonnymuir Green Community Garden, meet others interested in therapeutic and community gardening and share insights, skills and good practice through discussion, networking and a garden tour. This event is suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting people to... more

8 February, 2024 - 14:00

Longing for some green shoots? Signs of Spring? 
Here's some suggestions for what and how to grow on your windowsill, cold frame or greenhouse at this time of year.
Simple tabletop growing activities suitabel for all ages and abilities. 

1 February, 2024 - 19:00

'Hapa zome' is a Japanese term meaning 'leaf dye'
Create beautiful flower and leaf dye prints directly onto fabric and paper using this simple, lively technique!
Do-a-long with us: fresh flowers and leaves, paper or fabric, a hammer (metal/rubber) or a rolling pin and a strong firm... more

11 January, 2024 - 14:00

Bring a bloom to the gloom - celebrate nature indoors!
Have a go at using flowers and stems dried in late summer to create indoor displays. PLUS a look at what is available outdoors to bring in! 
Enjoy colour, texture and simple creative activity for all, in the deep winter.

23 November, 2023 - 14:00

Lots of ideas of what to grow in the garden/on the patio, doorstep or windowsill to attract wildlife.
How wildlife helps your garden. And how you can support nature by taking part in UK/worldwide Citizen Science projects from your home/garden/group.
Be part of something bigger! Nature... more

9 November, 2023 - 14:00

Bring nature indoors this winter with beautiful flowering bulbs!
Specially prepared to bloom in the darkest months of the year Dec - Feb, these plants are a delight to the eye and provide nature connection, interest and conversation. Not to mention a tabletop activity producing delightful... more

12 October, 2023 - 14:00

Plant outdoor bulbs for year round colour and interest!
Pimp your containers for enjoyment and display on the patio, doorstep, garden table, windowsill or hanging basket. This tabletop activity provides sensory immersion and nature connection now and rewards you with charming flowers... more

11 October, 2023 - 19:00

Create printed cards & wrapping paper using natural materials for all occasions including Christmas!
Print with natural plant materials found in the garden, using ink and paints to create delightful marks, shapes and patterns on paper. Connect with nature through this fun and creative... more

28 September, 2023 - 10:30 to 12:00

Information is empowering, enabling self-referral & green social prescribing to wellbeing support services like yours!
Would you like to optimise awareness of your gardening project/health & wellbeing sessions via internet searches? Join this session for practical help to do this. ... more

21 September, 2023 - 14:00

Scented lavender plants - easy to grow in the garden or on the patio with a little care and bees love it!  Lavender flowers can be used in everything from cooking to cosmetics. Join us to find out how grow lavender and use this versatile plant in a variety of delightfully perfumed activities!... more

31 August, 2023 - 14:00

Summer provides our favourite flowers and lots of seed heads!
In this double bill
- find out how to preserve flowers by drying
- how to save seed from your garden favourites, so you can sow them in Spring to bring even more joy. 
Join us to share in these simple techniques,... more

17 August, 2023 - 14:00

Plants for free - create more of your garden favourites!
Use this time of year to take cuttings which have a high chance of success. Cuttings are used for propagating plants,shrubs and some trees e.g. thyme, lavender, Choisya and Hebe, see the RHS web page for a comprehensive list, ... more

27 June, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:30

Rescheduled - NEW DATE 
Celebrate Summer with a Suncatcher!
Join this session to create a stunning Suncatcher using easy to find materials including pressed flowers, stems and leaves. See the... more

8 June, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:30

Growing juicy tomatoes alongside marigolds - do the marigolds keep the pests at bay?
Try companion planting and learn how to plant up and care for a tomatoes in containers on indoor windowsills and sunny outdoor spots. 
Find out more in this mouth watering tabletop gardening activity... more

18 May, 2023 - 14:00 to 15:00

From 'Grow your own Pizza' to making 'Bouquet Garni' to flavour a casserole - delicious herbs to touch, feel, smell and savour!
A sensory delight - how to grow and use herbs. Easy to find plants at the suprmaket or garden centre - ideas for planting and using, how to care for them and... more

10 May, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:30

Simple, delicious, delightful - easy to grow ornamentals and edibles in a basket or container!
Find out how to plant up fruit, edibles and flowering plants, how best to care for them and enjoy a feast for the eyes. For summer long enjoyment - enhance small spaces, doorstep, patio and... more

25 April, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:30

Beautiful blooms for enjoyment and colour!
Whether you have a small outdoor space or large -  grow gourgeous flowering plants to enjoy indoors and out. 
Featuring how to plant and care for flowering plants - suggestions and top activity tips! 

18 April, 2023 - 10:30

From carrots to pumpkins - potatoes to salad! 
Find out which vegetables grow well in small spaces and how to grow them.
Consider containers, seed sowing and plant care. Fun adaptable activities for all ages and abilities, and tasty veg to eat at harvest time!

30 March, 2023 - 14:00

Plant the seeds of these two flowering plants now and harvest a season of activities!
From pressed flowers to mocktails - don't be without them this Summer. Seed sowing, adaptations and ideas for additional activities in this session.

21 March, 2023 - 19:00

Embrace Spring and grow delicious green pea shoots on the windowsill.
Register before 16th March to receive your Peas Shoots Growing Kit!
Join in this Do-A-Long with your group for a green-fingered treat - learn how to sow peas for quick results.

16 March, 2023 - 19:00

Get your group together round the table to create a mandala! Or enjoy your own company and create these simple designs with found natural materials. Preparation before the session - a good excuse to go outdoors to forage for leaves, twigs and flowers and engage in some mindful appreciation of... more

21 February, 2023 - 19:00 to 19:45

Make fragrant herbal bath bags to perfume a relaxing, luxurious bath!
Sign up by 14th February to receive a Bath Bag Kit by post, containing all the ingredients to create the ... more

15 February, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:15

Composting demystified!
Learn the basics of composting and get some top tips on setting up a composting area.
What to grow to produce your own liquid feeds.

8 February, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:15

Catch up with our small garden/patio grown fruits: Rhubarb, Raspberries, Bramble, Blueberries that were planted last year.
Lots of tips on fruit plant care over the winter as well as a pruning demonstration for fruit trees to encourage better fruiting.
A chance to ask questions and... more

2 February, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:15

Get your group together and draw-a-long with Laura Cuppage.
Have a go at sketching a beautiful garden bird – all abilities welcome.
Follow Laura’s step- by- step guide to creating a drawing on paper.
Join the session with your pencil, paper, colouring pencils and eraser!

... more
24 January, 2023 - 10:30 to 23 December, 2023 - 11:15

Get your group together round the table to decorate a pot along with us in this 45 minute online live session.
Use decoupage to upcycle pots for your plant growing a fun creative session to brighten up a darker January day!



18 January, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:15

How to make new plants, including spider plant babies and learn general houseplant care.
Join our live demo to learn this and more - a January green-fingered treat!

This activity provides a host of opportunities to adapt for all abilities and add to your tabletop gardening repertoire... more

12 January, 2023 - 14:00 to 14:45

Get your group together and make a simple stem arrangement along with us in this 45 minute online live session.
Bring nature indoors this January and spend an enjoyable, sociable time creating your arrangement.
Prepare by collecting (jam jar) vases, stems and foliage, see our ... more

5 January, 2023 - 10:30 to 11:15

Get your group together and make a simple stem arrangement along with us in this 45 minute online live session.
Bring nature indoors this January and spend an enjoyable, sociable time creating your arrangement.
Prepare by collecting (jam jar) vases, some stems and foliage, see our... more

8 March, 2022 - 11:00 to 12:30

Embrace Spring with Emma & Joan's garden inspired crafts!
Make herbal bath bags for a relaxing, fragrant soak in the tub.
Create wildflower seed bombs and other delights to spread gardening joy early in the gardening year. A practical demonstration of engaging activities along... more

What people say about our knowledge, skills and good practice sharing events:

 "an absolutely brilliant day - I gained an enormous amount from it and really appreciate the time spent on putting this together." 

"I hadn't appreciated just how much of an understanding of working with people from all walks of life could be gained by listening to such specialised and committed carers - everybody who works with anybody should be attending these events "


Looking for training in all aspects of therapeutic gardening?

Trellis runs a programme of training events open to all on the many aspects of therapeutic and communty gardening. These training events can be valuable in broadening and updating your Continual Professional Development (CPD). 
Topics include:

  • Introduction to Therapeutic Gardening
  • Adaptive Gardening Techniques
  • Year Round Planning for Gardening Activities
  • Basic Gardening Skills
  • Advanced Gardening Skills
  • Gardening for the Elderly
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Gardening Projects
  • Income Generation
  • Social Enterprisefor community and theraeputic gardening project

These are advertised here and on our homepage as well as in our ebullitins and social media.

Did you know that we also offer on-site courses specially designed for your group?
Is it difficult for your team to get off site to attend training?
Would you be be interested in a course tailored to the needs of your team?
Would you like to develop your professional skill in therapeutic gardening?
Trellis is the national networking organisation for therapeutic horticulture in Scotland . Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in therapeutic horticulture. Experienced trainers can deliver tailored courses specifically designed for your requirements.
If you would like to discuss your individual/groups training requirements and tailored courses please call us on 01738 624348.


RCHS Grow and Learn
Recognition of Achievement in Horticulture Award 
This is a learner centred programme suitable for those with complex  learning needs. The award scheme is tailored to individual learning needs based on personal learning plans and assessed though a portfolio recognising acievements and progress in core horticultural skill such as cultivation, seed sowing, composting, propagation and plant care.
For more information see the RCHS Grow and Learn web pages

Funding sources for training

ILA Scotland ILA 200 is a Scottish Government scheme to provide funding for courses such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and IT skills. Employees and employers can find out more about ILA funding by visiting the ILA Scotland website or calling 0808 100 1090 to discuss directly with an ILA Scotland adviser.