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SENSORY GARDEN

PROJECT: SENSORY GARDENS

The sensory gardens will be adapted to a wide variety of users, incorporate hardscaped elements such as benches, paths, rocks, water fountains, bird feeders and garden art into the sensory space for an added effect.

BENEFITS:

Stimulate the senses
Engage in touching and feeling
A place to relax and enjoy flowers and the wildlife
Herb area
Attraction of birds and wildlife
Gardening for toddlers
A space to learn and teach about horticulture

This is an exciting addition to the park and will allow the community to enjoy the scent of the specially chosen plants, to feel textures and experience sounds that will be built in to the garden area, as well as providing a relaxing area in which to enjoy and learn about plants and wildlife.

Chimes for soundscapes

Shade is vital for a sensory garden and trees must be part of the design. Everything must be touchable.

PLANTS FOR THEIR SMELL
Rosemary, Fennel, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Water Mint, Meadowsweet, Curry Plant Sweet Vernal Grass, Sweet Woodfuffe, Wild Garlic, Sweet Violet, Lords and Ladies, Cape Jasmine (Gardenia), Wormwood. Scots Pine.

PLANTS FOR THEIR FEEL
Greater Mullein, Love –lies – Bleeding, Stachys Silver Carpet, Giant Horsetail, Wheat, Tufted Hair Grass, Wild Oat, Obedient Plant vivid, Moss, Elm.

PLANTS TO PLEASE THE EYES 
Magnolia, Roses, Plumeria, Water Lillies, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Bird of Paradise.

HEARING
Pine trees or any tree exposed to the wind. Chimes,

WEIRD PLANTS
Exploding seed pods Ecballium elaterium.

OTHER FEATURES
A compost heap should be part of the sensory garden. It has great texture and smell and is full of life. As leaves rot they become skeletonized and become fascinating objects.

Also a log pile with different bark and textures.