When does a wall work wonders? When it lifts fragrant flowers to your nose!
Take the lowly dianthus. Few know it intimately, since it grows so close to the ground that you literally have to get on your knees to enjoy its sweet cinnamon smell. And that's if you even know that it's worth doing.
Imagine my delight when I chanced upon dianthus raised to nose height atop a stone wall. Now that’s an accessible sensory experience! A thoughtful garden design that deserves appreciation.
Kudos to the town of Harrison Hot Springs for enabling moments of fragrant euphoria.
They added lavender with a traditional lavender fragrance, fuzzy lambs’ ears to caress...
... and an ornamental grass to run fingers through. I’m in sensory bliss.
Additional enabling features include a ramp (rather than stairs) and a handrail as a helping hand up the gradual incline.
How might you elevate your fragrant plants to more easily enjoy moments of euphoria? Pots, planters and hanging baskets are a few of the options.
A wall made of local stone adds texture and colour as well as elevating sensory plants to heady heights.
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.
Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon is making therapeutic gardens a top priority for reducing staff stress and fatigue and for encouraging staff to take regular breaks in the garden near their unit. Legacy Health's interdisciplinary garden design process and their randomized controlled trials are leading the way for other hospitals.