Invite Sensory and Hands-on Engagement with Nature
Gardens provide restorative and therapeutic benefits galore, and even more so in healthcare and social service settings. But do your residents, patients and staff interact with your garden as much as they might? Do they know which flowers smell good and which herbs to rub and sniff?
Where hands-on gardening is encouraged, people may need permission to water a thirsty plant, pick a flower or harvest a few beans. Signs are a valuable communication tool, especially when the garden is open more hours than you can be there to facilitate activities.
Reach more participants
Inspire sensory delight & wonder
Encourage independent garden care
"The first thing I noticed was the clear instructions, short concise wording, a great picture that says what the words say, and the URL for more information. I like that!”
— Sara, High School Teacher
"The signs show people what they can do to slow down, pay attention and be present without any kind of coaching, coaxing or companionship needed. So simple they run the gamut of ages.”
— Tara, Therapeutic Garden Programmer
"These signs are perfect for giving people permission to do things in the garden, and for getting more people out there and involved. You're buying a whole program!"
— Carol, Gardener
The sensory and hands-on activities these garden signs encourage are deceptively simple. The benefits of engaging with nature can be life-changing for the health of individuals, communities and our living earth.
If you’re immersed in winter weather, or just needing a nature break, take a moment to enjoy the sights and smells of a sunny Australian garden. Find out how visitors know which plants are fun to smell or touch.
Welcome to the Sensory Garden at the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, University of Adelaide, South Australia. Let's go in!
What if you could choose to temporarily trade your ‘to do’ list and your busy thinking mind for fascination, playful curiosity, and a childlike sense of wonder?
On Monday we begin our shared online journey to noticing nearby nature for self-care. We’re going beyond vibrant sunsets and rainbows to finding wonder in everyday nature. Join us.