ⓘ Sensory garden. A sensory garden is a self-contained garden area that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. Sensory gardens are design ..


ⓘ Sensory garden

A sensory garden is a self-contained garden area that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. Sensory gardens are designed to provide opportunities to stimulate the senses, both individually and in combination, in ways that users may not usually encounter.

Sensory gardens have a wide range of educational and recreational applications. They can be used in the education of special-needs students, including people with autism. As a form of horticultural therapy, they may be helpful in the care of people with dementia.

Sensory gardens can be designed in such a way as to be accessible and enjoyable for both disabled and non-disabled users. A sensory garden, for example, may contain features accessible to the disabled individual such as: scented and edible plants, sculptures and sculpted handrails, water features designed to make sound and play over the hands, textured touch-pads, magnifying-glass screens, braille and audio induction loop descriptions. Depending on the user group, other provisions may integrate sound and music more centrally to combine the play needs of younger users with their sensory needs.

Many sensory gardens devote themselves to providing experience for multiple senses; those specialising in scent are sometimes called scented gardens, those specialising in music/sound are sound gardens where the equipment doubles up to provides an enhanced opportunity for strategic developmental, learning and educational outcomes.

Sensory Gardens usually have an enhanced infrastructure to permit wheelchair access and meet other accessibility concerns; the design and layout provides a stimulating journey through the senses, heightening awareness, and bringing positive learning experiences.

  • Some sensory gardens

1. Sight

Sight components in a sensory garden include traditional garden elements like colorful plants and flowers, which are sometimes clustered together to assist people with vision imparements. These plants can also be used to attract birds and butterflies to the garden, which can add additional sight variety.

Non-living elements like water features and sculptures are also sometimes added.


2. Hearing

Sound components in a sensory garden are often things that make sounds naturally in a breeze. This includes plants like bamboo, grasses, trees, as well as non-living elements like bells and wind chimes. Water features and birds are also common sound components.

Less common sound components include things like hand instruments such as drums, echo spaces, and chiming stepping stones.


3. Sensory Dementia Gardens

Sensory gardens can be designed specifically for dementia patients. Dementia is a disorder that affects many parts of the brain and many parts of everyday life. Simple tasks such as walking or eating become difficult. Most commonly known is that dementia affects memory. Sensory or therapeutic gardens can be used to reduce the symptoms of dementia without the use of drugs though stimulation of the senses and the exercise of certain part of the brain. A part of the brain affected last is the amygdala which primarily handles emotions and feelings. Therefore things like sensory gardens can be very impactful on dementia patients because they elicits positive emotions. Features could include: water features that produces soothing sounds, pick-and-sniff herb and flower beds, and benches with different types of sand or pebbles to sink their feet into. In a sensory garden located in Port Macquarie, Australia one of the patients enjoys sinking his toes into the sand as it elicits memories of Australia for him while the gravel reminds him of Scotland where he was born which he does not enjoy as much. In addition to eliciting positive emotions, sensory gardens can also greatly improve the quality of live for those living with dementia. Other benefits include regaining independence, a calming and relaxing place, and an easy and safe way to exercise.

  • A sensory garden is specially designed for the visually impaired. The following are locations where large public sensory gardens are available for persons
  • external stimuli Sensory system, part of the nervous system of organisms Sensory analysis, a consumer product - testing method Sensory garden Sensor Sense disambiguation
  • Located next to the Rare and Endangered area of the garden near the main entrance, the sensory garden contains a variety of aromatic plants. The Glasshouses
  • Roof gardens Green roof Subtropical climate vegetated roof Rose gardens School gardens Sculpture gardens Sculpture trails Sensory garden Shade garden Shakespeare
  • several gardens the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden 1 - acre 4, 000 m2 with more than 3, 000 roses of 325 varieties the Fragrance and Sensory Garden 1981
  • Council has created a sensory garden for people with disabilities to explore the five senses within the horticultural display garden area. Queensland portal
  • Gardens contain displays of blooming woody plants, ground covers, and wetland plants. They include a rose garden crape myrtle garden sensory garden
  • than 100 plumeria varieties contemporary rose garden with a large pavilion sensory garden and water garden The site also contains a mesquite nature trail
  • the Shade Garden the Rose and Perennial Garden the Ozark Native Garden the Sensory Garden and the Rock and Water Garden The Founder s Garden the Reading
  • Paradise garden Persian garden Philosophical garden Pleasure garden Roman gardens Sacred garden Sensory garden Shakespeare garden Spanish garden Tea garden Therapeutic
  • Glover 1911 - 1916 Today s gardens include an arboretum and butterfly, display, herb, perennial, rose, and sensory gardens In February 1993 a Quonset