The Sensory Garden is a calming, safe environment that promotes learning and builds social skills. In addition, it can also be used for community members who are in need of a healing place.
Pondless Water Fountain
Water is a gentle way to stimulate the senses and treat the symptoms of sensory processing disorders. The sound of water trickling down the ribs of this pond-less water fountain encourages a sense of tranquility and calmness. In addition to sound, water also offers a therapeutic outlet through touch. The feel provides a smooth and slippery tactile experience.
Sound plays an important role in sensory gardens because it can awaken parts of the brain responsible for sensory processing, memory and also cognitive awareness. Studies show that music therapy improves mental, physical and emotional health, all of which are central to improving people’s lives.
Wheelchair Accessible Planter
Horticultural therapy uses plants and gardens with the intention of encouraging individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual well-being. The act of gardening increases physical activity and promotes social interactions while reducing stress and alleviating pain. Additionally, community gardening offers an opportunity for participants to strengthen ties with the surrounding community.
Sensory Stimulating Plants
- Scent: Sweet Almond, Lemongrass, Bay rum
- Sight: Croton varieties, Begonia varieties, Acalaypha varieties
- Touch: Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Annuals
- Taste: Rotating Edibles and Herbs
Plants are subject to change based on seasonal availability.
The Sensory Garden is open by request during Pinecrest Gardens' regular hours of operation and is included in the Pinecrest Gardens admissions fee. Discounted rates available for Sensory Friendly organized field trips. Total class limit is 12. To schedule a visit, please call us at 305.669.6990. For field trips, please contact the Educational Coordinator.