The sensory garden at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is now open for families to enjoy while social distancing!
The Sensory Garden is devoted to plants that emphasize the five senses: plants for sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Each raised bed in the garden has a different group of plants. For example, the SMELL bed has scented plants like lavender, roses, scented geraniums, and lilies. The HEARING bed has a fountain and grasses and bamboos that make noise when the wind blows. The TASTE bed has ripe sugar snap peas, beans, oregano, basil, cherry tomatoes! (Yes, you are allowed to taste from the TASTE bed).
The Garden is accessible to all with ADA approved measurements for wheelchairs and walkers, two new handicapped parking spaces, benches, and braille signage. The Sensory Garden will provide programming for those with disabilities, autism, and those in need of a calm, but stimulating experience in the garden.
At the 2019 Fall for the Bartlett Gala, donors raised more than $69,000 to pay for the Sensory Garden.
Photo and information c/o The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens