The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens has announced plans to build a new Sensory Garden on its 93-acre property. This Sensory Garden is unique from traditional gardens, as it is designed specifically to stimulate the Five Senses: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Touching and Tasting. The Garden will provide each guest with an interactive journey through the senses, by having plants and materials of different textures, colors, scents, sounds and heights. The Bartlett’s design plans go even further to permit wheelchair access and other accessibility concerns.
Studies have shown that Sensory Gardens have therapeutic benefits, particularly for children with special needs. Children who have sensory processing disorders, for example, can use a Sensory Garden as a calming and gentle way to explore their senses without feeling overwhelmed by them. Adults suffering from the effects of dementia can also benefit from a Sensory Garden, because it helps elicit positive emotions in a safe environment.
“We all know the benefits of being outside and in nature. It can improve your mood, cognitive function, and your overall physical health,” said Jane Von Trapp, CEO of the Bartlett. “However, not everyone can encounter nature in the same way. Our goal at the Bartlett Arboretum is to be a barrier-free oasis for visitors of all ages, abilities, and needs. And that’s what this Garden will help provide.”
For more information about the Bartlett and its Sensory Garden, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org.