When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Children take a particular delight in exploring plants and natural elements of the landscape. A sensory garden takes in multiple aspects of landscape construction and design to create a garden to delight all the senses. It is particularly useful to help people with various sensory limitations, including blindness or deafness, to help them enjoy spending time outdoors. Sensory gardens are fantastic additions to therapy clinics as well as increasing accessibility at schools, which have students with a range of sensory perception levels.
Here are some aspects you should consider when designing your sensory garden.
Many herbs and fragrant bushes such as lavender and rosemary provide interesting paths for exploration, as well as fragrant flowers. Plan a path through your garden with braille signs to help vision impaired visitors explore the spaces and enjoy the different scents.
Include edible herbs, such as mint, and tasty vegetables such as tomatoes, which are easy to grow. Fruit trees are a nice way to create shade as well as adding edible snacks to the garden as the trees become more established. Make sure to clearly label plants so that people with allergies can avoid any problematic plants.
Include a range of plants with different textures ranging from spiky succulents to soft ruffled flowers and light and fluffy ferns. Make sure to choose hardy varieties of the plants, especially if the main audience is children who tend to rougher with their touching than adults are.
Bright flowers that provide visual stimulus are a lovely addition to any garden. Plant your flowers so that they bloom throughout the year, providing a range of colours. Enhance access to the plants with some magnifying polycarbonate screens around interesting plants to help people with visual limitations see more detail.
Incorporate some native plants into the garden to attract and provide food for local animals and birds. The birdsong and animal noises can be a lovely backdrop for the garden. Water features can also create some aural stimulation, and you can even incorporate some plants to attract frogs and native water insects.
As the intention of your garden is to increase accessibility to children, design paths through the garden to support prams, wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices. Flat paths can also be useful for people with any issues with walking, and regular rest stops and handrails can help people who get easily tired while walking.
For more information, contact a business such as Ocean Road Landscaping.