DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
The Sensory Garden is one of three new central gardens designed to further enhance the Denver Botanic Garden’s mission to connect people with plants. Prominently located near the York Street entrance, it expands the therapeutic function of the existing sensory walk to promote health and wellbeing through sensory engagement. The garden is designed to be a welcoming and accessible place for all, especially those with disabilities. We believe that gardens can promote health by fostering moments of connection with the natural world, and that such gardens can be particularly impactful in urban environments like Denver. Nestled within a sunken space, the design intent is to provide visitors with the opportunity to become immersed in a garden centered on plants. The garden is designed for both therapeutic and display purposes, providing an overview of medicinal plants and their uses throughout history. Plant selections offer visual, tactile, olfactory, auditory, and gustatory interest; natural stone, wood, and paved surfaces coordinate with plant selections to create a calm and inviting environment. Planters and work stations accommodate therapeutic workshops and activities while shaded seating areas welcome visitors to simply sit and experience the garden. We envision the new Sensory Garden as an engaging and restorative place and a strong extension of Denver Botanic Gardens’ overall mission.
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