A Garden for All the Senses

Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut, includes a variety of themed gardens, the newest of which is a ¾-acre sensory garden. It’s a lush and peaceful place, with distinct spaces devoted to each of the senses. These types of gardens are very beneficial for people of all ages and abilities, gently stimulating the senses and serving as an educational tool.

This garden has a large variety of plantings, and is fully wheelchair-accessible. Pergolas and gateways separate each of the spaces – I particularly like those that are covered in vines. Although I might have designed this garden somewhat differently (perhaps with other types of seating and sculptures), I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit it.
 
A - sight garden
The sight garden contains colorful plants and a few with interesting shapes.
 
B - sound garden
The sound garden includes running water, wind chimes, and plants with leaves that tend to rustle in the wind.
 
C - scent garden
Plants with scented foliage and flowers are featured in the smell garden.
 
D - taste garden
A variety of edible plants and plant parts can be found in the taste garden, including vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
 
E - touch garden
Entry to the touch garden – this space features plants with various textures.
 
F - touch garden
Fine and coarse textures in the touch garden
 
Photos by Alice Webb

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