My Garden, My Life

My Garden, My Life
Practical, affordable gardening activity training  for staff in care settings

Why gardening?

Gardening activities create rich, experiential social settings for conversation, laughter, joy and pride.
Gardening activities are a way to encourage physical activity for those who are frail and sedentary. Read more about the benefits of encouraging physical activity in older adults here , and more detailed onformation on the Care Inspectorate (CAPA) Care About Physical Activity, initiative web pages.
Gardening helps your care uphold the principles of the Health & Social Care Standards.
Often, staff lack the confidence, knowledge or skills to bring gardening activity into a care setting. Trellis training offers ways to overcome these barriers, how to engage clients and establish hands-on links with the natural world, as part of everyday care.

 Trellis training sessions

  • Build confidence and skills in a range of indoor/outdoor table top gardening activities - No prior knowledge is required
  • Provide add-on workshops to broaden your range of gardening activities
  • Specialist garden management and maintenance training also available. Bespoke training can cover the full spectrum of gardening, from what tools to use to composting and pruning.
  • Certificate presented on completion of each course- Continuing Professional Points (CPD) points awarded


Here's how we can help you achieve this:

Seasonal Gardening Activities Training  Course (4 Days)

Special Offer - Save 20% - book all 4 Days for £265
 or £80 per day 

Our rolling programme is ongoing in Perthshire and Ayrshire, comprising 4 days covering the four seasons.
Book Perth and Kilmarnock sessions online at the Trellis Training page
Limited to 10 attendees.

Feedback from the Autumn sessions reveals that stff attending training on the Wednesday were putting the paper plate activity into practice on Thursday!

'I'll use what I have learned to help boost service user engagement with the garden.'
'The training session has given me more ideas of creative things to do especially for wet days where things can be tricky.'

'I will definitely use the activities suggested in this session.'
Trainees, Autumn 2019 sessions.

The training course is for care professionals interested in encouraging their clients to take part in seasonal indoor gardening activities and tending an outdoor garden area.
No prior knowlege required.
Theory and practical learning sessions using the outdoor space for inspiration and activity, coupled with activity ideas for indoor sessions. An informal learning environment,inspiring staff to gain confidence in:

  • Indoor gardening activities
  • How to adapt gardening activity to suit your client group
  • Handling plant materials in a garden setting
  • Seasonal plant care
  • Activity planning
  • How to engage and encourage clients
  • Showcasing gardening within the care setting.

All materials provided.
Training pack includes: A1 poster to showcase gardening activity, a library of seasonal activity factsheets, Activity Planning Sheets, additional photocopyable resources.  
Certificate of Completion on each day (5 CPD points).
It is possible to substitute/change the particular care staff member attending these sessions, at short notice, to accommodate staff changes/sickness/work rotas etc.
This is a rolling programme ( pay for 4 days - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) which you can join at any time in the cycle. Future training dates will be posted as soon as they have been confirmed.
All materials provided.Training pack includes: A1 poster to showcase gardening activity, library of seasonal activity sheets, Activity Planning Sheets, photocopyable resources.  
Certificate of Completion on each day (5 CPD points).
It is possible to substitute the person attending at short notice, to accommodate staff changes/sickness/work rotas etc.

Table-Top Gardening (half day) £40 per person - see Trellis Training page for current sessions and how to book
Limited to 12 attendees. No prior knowledge is required
A selection of ‘Bitesize’ Table Top gardening activities is demonstrated followed by the opportunity for individuals to ‘make and take’ their work away with them. Covering season appropriate activities, e.g. Spring -seed sowing, potting on, windowsill growing, pot plant care.
This practical session is an informal learning environment inspiring staff to gain confidence in handling plant materials, basic plant care and craft techniques, in order to deliver the activities in their care settings afterwards.
All materials provided. Certificate of Completion (3 CPD points).


We can bring the following sessions to your care setting:

Table Top Gardening Demo Session
1 hour in house delivery, up to 10 residents and 5 staff members.  £300.00
Residents and staff are supported to join in a table top session that engages residents in increased physical activity and promotes round the table conversation.  Produce can be kept for further nurturing by those taking part or given as gifts to visitors. This activity inspires staff to repeat later with other residents, and to tweak into a different but similar activity.

Garden Advisory Visit £450.00
Up to 3 hours on site with staff members/volunteers discussing potential use of the garden, any improvements that could be initiated to support gardening activity, with report shared with the home, detailing the findings.

Bespoke Garden Training £450.00
Half Day/3 hours on site.  Maximum 10 staff/volunteers/family members
Have a particular gardening goal but need more skills and knowledge to achieve it? Keen to get more active outdoors and not sure what and how to do it? From what tools to use, to planting up seasonal containers, composting to pruning: we can deliver the know-how in these tailored practical sessions.

To discuss any of these sessions please contact us at - ask about 'My Garden, My Life sessions'

email or phone 01738 624348

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‘We had no gardening experience so the support and guidance from Trellis has been invaluable.  Our guys have really embraced gardening and are proud of their achievements.  Thank you all for your enthusiastic support’. Wallace Court, Capability Scotland,  John Sheridan (Manager)

'The benefits last long after the sessions have ended. For many participants the experience helped them recall memories of their own gardens or working with parents in the garden when they were children. We also created a photo album record of our gardening year which we often look at together and talk about plans for what to grow next year.’

‘I had no gardening experience. Working with Trellis gave me the confidence to try things and explore what is possible’
Louise, Activity Co-ordinator, Springboig Care Centre

‘I think that every OT should be going on this training’  NHS Occupational Therapist after Trellis training session.