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Therapeutic gardens and therapeutic horticulture programmes

Learn more about these healing green spaces dedicated to improving your health and well-being.

In an evidence-based research study conducted by NParks in collaboration with research partners, we found that urban nature contributes positively to a person's health and overall well-being. 

Another study found that there were positive neuro-psychophysiological benefits from passive exposure to a therapeutic garden for the mental health of individuals with clinically concerning depressive disorders.

Both research studies provide scientific support for our City in Nature programme through the formulation of science-based urban nature planning, management, and design in Singapore as seen in the development of therapeutic gardens in our parks and our therapeutic horticulture programmes.

These research studies have been published in international peer-reviewed journals and are also among the first few studies in the world that demonstrate the impact of gardening on mental resilience and the relative importance of different types of urban nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About our therapeutic gardens

Therapeutic gardens are designed based on scientific research to facilitate interactions with nature and improve the well-being of its visitors. 

All therapeutic gardens in our parks have the following features, with each area within the garden providing visitors with a serene and tranquil environment:

  • Clear and well-connected layout with looped pathways that provide continuous circulation, enabling visitors to navigate the space with ease.
    • The wide pathways also enhance accessibility for visitors, including those who are using wheelchairs.
  • Curving pathways and vegetation that partially obscures what is coming next with the intention of engaging visitors and encouraging them to explore further.
  • A contemplative and rich setting with many opportunities for sensory engagement.
    • For example, a therapeutic garden can have a clear layout but is rich with trees, shrubs, flowers, ample places to sit and paths to wander.
  • Different planting zones with a specific selection of plant species that evoke memories of the past and engage the senses.
    • These include plants that are fragrant, edible, medicinal, coloured or textured, as well as those that attract birds and butterflies.
  • A mix of raised planters that are ergonomically designed to enhance accessibility for wheelchair users, and standing planters for elderly who are physically fit.

Where to find therapeutic gardens

The location of a therapeutic garden is carefully selected based on the following:

  • Its proximity to care centres and housing precincts.
  • The presence of level ground for easy accessibility.
  • The presence of interesting features or contemplative landscapes such as vistas of the sea, water bodies, forested areas and more in its surroundings.

Watch this video to find out more about the therapeutic gardens in our parks.

You can visit the therapeutic gardens located in the following parks:

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