Wellness Care Farm
Nourishing Hearts is cultivating a sensory healing garden and trail. A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. Sensory trails, like sensory
gardens, are sometimes seen as ‘an access improvement’ intended
for people with disabilities, specifically sensory impairments. While
there is no doubt that enabling sensory exploration can make a place or an experience more accessible, encouraging people to use their senses is of benefit to all ages and abilities.This stimulation occurs
courtesy of plants and the use of materials that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Sensory gardens and trails
are popular with and beneficial to both children and adults, especiallythose who have sensory processing issues, including autism,
acquired brain injury, dementia and other disabilities.
A sensory garden and trails can be very therapeutic for people who
experience sensory problems. It may be used as a calming place and as a gentle way to stimulate the senses. This type of
environment can become a place where people with autism and
other sensory processing disorders feel safe and comfortable in
exploring their senses without feeling overwhelmed by them. For
people who are hyper reactive to stimuli, the sensory garden
provides a relaxing environment, and for people who tend to be
under reactive to stimuli, the garden is a great way to stimulate
the senses. For people who do not live with a disability, a sensory
garden is beneficial in that it is a fun educational tool that allows
them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. In people
with dementia, sensory gardens can help keep them calm and
interested, and these gardens also help to keep all of one’s senses
aroused.While in the garden or on the trail, people are encouraged
to touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment
Who can benefit from sensory gardens and trails?
Why engage the senses?
Every experience is formed by our senses and every memory is an experience we carry with us. By encouraging people to use their senses we encourage them to enrich their experience and build stronger, deeper, more meaningful, connections and memories. In short, the more senses we engage the more we remember. And it’s fun too.
What can a sensory gardens and trail do?
Sensory gardens and trails can:
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Quad County Support Services.
Thank you to Quad County youth who generously volunteered Tuesday mornings throughout the summer with the sensory garden installation.
We made a great start to build on next summer!