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+  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 certificated 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. 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  (created during COVID19 lockdown)

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

For an overview of training provision in Therapeutic Horticulture across the world, see the Careers page

In Development  Trellis are currently developing an accredited practitioner course in therapeutic gardening, a Professional Development Award (PDA) at SCQF level 7, to be delivered by colleges.
Interested? Please register your interest here.


29 August, 2024 - 14:00

Date To Be Confirmed 
Building on our previous 'Climbing Edibles' sessions, we will explore fruit and vegetables that thrive vertically. These crops, whether planted in the ground or a container, will reward you with delicious produce.
No matter if you possess a... more

7 August, 2024 - 14:00

Discover which plants to cultivate and learn to create your own oils and vinegars for culinary use from your garden's bounty. These homemade concoctions are simple to prepare and delightful to consume! Why not give it a try? This hands-on session will guide you through the process. Experiment... more

4 July, 2024 - 14:00

Date To Be Confirmed
Take a mindful walk around the garden to enhance your well-being! 
This session delves into 'grounding' or mindfulness and well-being walks in the garden. Featuring video footage and live discussion, it offers hints, tips, and techniques on 'how to... more

21 June, 2024 - 10:00 to 14:00

Save the Date !
Autism awareness and gardening good practice sharing event 

If you'd like to

  • understand more about autism
  • support autistic young people and those with additional support needs, in garden settings

Join us at... more

20 June, 2024 - 14:00

Using our sense of smell as a means of engaging in the outdoors, this sessions takes an in-depth look at what can be grown in the garden for fragrance. Including suggestions as to what to plant in the garden or container to provide a range of scents to enjoy all year round!


13 June, 2024 - 14:00

Join us for a session on nurturing your climbing and sprawling fruit and vegetable plants. Learn the essentials of feeding, watering, and providing support to ensure your plants blossom and bear fruit successfully. Track the development of  the beans, cucumbers, and nasturtiums, and engage with... more

6 June, 2024 - 14:00

Following-up on last month's Climbing Edibles, we'll also uncover a bounty of salad vegetables that thrive in a simple box placed on the doorstep or an outdoor windowsill. Discover what to sow and grow for a tasty, nutritious harvest and your growing questions answered. 

1 June, 2024 - 12:00

Share the joys of life through gardening activity in care, health, education and community settings 

Summer Unit available from 1st June - 31st August 2024
Part of the HAVE A GO+  Seasonal Gardening Activities... more

30 May, 2024 - 14:00



Using  touch as a means to engage individuals with nature, this session focuses on plants that offer a diverse array of textures through their leaves, stems, and flowers for tactile... more

2 May, 2024 - 14:00

Grow fruit and veg vertically!
You can make the most of your available space by growing crops that climb upwards or trail downwards, no matter how big or small your garden, patio or windowbox is!
These crops will reward you with tasty produce.
In this session, you will find out... more

24 April, 2024 - 14:00

Trees are all around us in the natural world, in our town streets, parks and gardens. Not only are they visually stunning and a renewable source of raw material but they are vital to maintaining clean air and provide habitats for a diverse range of birds, mammals and insects.
Have you ever... more

4 April, 2024 - 14:00

Nature is visually stunning! 
Using sight as a means of engaging people in the outdoors, this sessions takes an in-depth look at what's in the garden at this time of year, exploring colour, shape and texture. Including suggestions as to what to plant in the garden/container to provide a... more

22 February, 2024 - 14:00

Rescheduled - NEW DATE

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... more

Click here to watch Windowsill crops and pots:

Reuse and recyle

Soil Free Growing

Easy Crops


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

Click here to watch Printing with Natural Materials:

Wax Rubbing & Watercolour Printing.

Using Acrylic Paints

Potato Printing

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

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.