Last April, trade fair GrootGroenPlus and Peter Vanlaerhoven and Pascala Matthijsen from Lowgardens Nurseries sat down to discuss the development of a special garden for the visually impaired: a sensory garden.
Pascale and Peter will use their experience and knowledge to create the design of the sensory garden, which one can visit during the trade fair from 2 - 4 October.
The idea is to show that it is possible to use regular grown products from participants to create special care gardens. Within this design, there is also a seating area for 30 people and a 75-inch TV screen. Other participants can also book this space. These are in fact two new parts at one location, which will help promote the products of the participants. It includes very valuable additions of application and sharing knowledge.
We are also looking into the possibility of including bird sounds, and use special glasses and other items that will make sure that feeling, hearing, smelling, and tasting become all part of the experience. We will also look into the possibility of simulating wind or movement.
The sensory garden with seating area will be created in the midst of the grey route. Hereby, it will be possible to show and experience the green assortment on one side, and offer an explanation with smell, sound, and feeling at the other side. Essential oils might also play a role in this.
A garden with a layout like this has social value, and will lead to more plant consciousness. This will also turn it into a nice place to invite purchasers for public green and health care.
Lowgardens Nurseries has experience with these kinds of gardens and will control the project. They also installed a care garden at OCMW in Rijkevorsel. That garden focuses on stimulating sick people and those with dementia to go outside.