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Creating a Sensory Garden that will excite ALL the senses

13th March 2018
This is a collaborative post.

Enfys is progressing so well at the moment and it’s now apparent that she absolutely loves to explore.  She loves colours, textures, smells and sounds.  Her world seems to be opening up and it’s fantastic to see. This summer I want to help her develop even further with the addition of a sensory garden in our garden.

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time working out exactly how to incorporate the five senses into our sensory garden. My research means that I’ve created a little plan of what it is I want to do.

Freshly growing strawberries

Taste

Taste has been a difficult one to work out.  I don’t particularly want her tasting mud and I get all squeamish about eating fruit straight from the plant (not that it done me any harm as a kid).  I have decided that I need to overcome this squeamishness and grow some small fruits in the area that’s going to be the sensory garden. We’ll pop some strawberries, blackberries and other fruits that grow well in pots, in the area and pick them when we want to eat them.  I’ll even have a bowl of water ready to wash them.  (Okay, so I couldn’t let go of that bit!)

Sight

This sense is going to be really easy to incorporate.  Thanks to all the other senses we’ll be able to create a beautiful and vibrant area with different colours and shapes.  Some beautiful flowers in pots, some painting on the fence.  Simple flowering plants will probably work best, I’m partial to Begonias and Hydrangeas.  Although any potted plant will add a splash of colour.

Hearing

Nature is wonderful and our back garden is surrounded by trees so we can always hear the birds tweeting away.  We also live next to a railway track and not far from the motorway so there’s plenty of natural every day sounds for Enfys to listen to in the sensory garden.  Although, I think the addition of a wind chime or two wouldn’t go amiss, would it?

Touch

I’m actually most excited about adding things that are exciting to touch.  There’s so much that can excite finger tips that doesn’t cost the earth (no pun intended).  For a start, we can create a mud kitchen and a sand pit.  Then there’s the addition of flooring.  Each square has different texture.  In my mind I can imagine real grass, fake grass, patio slab, mud, wood chippings, sand, pebbles… the possibilities are endless. 

Smell

In the garden it’s really easy to create different scents.  There is no end of scented plants that can survive UK weather.  Lavender has to be one of my favourites though.  I can smell it a mile off.  Some herbs are also great for scented experiences. 

Do you like the idea of a sensory garden?  If it were yours what would you include?

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8 Comments

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    Siobhan | The Baby Boat Diaries
    22nd March 2018 at 9:20 pm

    This sounds great! I love the idea of tasty, colourful fruits being in there! x

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    Jenni
    21st March 2018 at 11:34 pm

    This is a lovely idea. Definitely include wind chimes! I wish we had a garden.

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    Mattie Lacey-Davidson
    21st March 2018 at 10:41 am

    That is such an interesting idea. I’ve heard of sensory rooms but never thought of taking it into the outside! So lovely x

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    Stephanie
    20th March 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I love having an interesting garden and it’s so nice for it to be filled with colour and smell. Great tips

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    Kat | Kitty & B
    20th March 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Brilliant idea, Beth! We just moved last summer and had a bit of soring to do, so I look forward to actually enjoying the garden more this year, And eating all the strawberries, too!

    Kat x

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    Marie
    20th March 2018 at 2:30 pm

    What a great idea! So simple but a Fun way of learning and developing senses. Will be good to see pictures of after too and hear how it went 🙂

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    Sim @ Sim's Life
    20th March 2018 at 1:43 pm

    This is a fantastic idea and Enfys will absolutely adore it, she is a proper adventurer! Growing strawberries is really easy and it’s something you can all enjoy xx Sim

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    Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn
    20th March 2018 at 9:34 am

    Love the idea of a sensory garden. Sounds like you have really thought about how to put it all together. Hope Enfys enjoys it.

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