local junior school was looking for a design for a
sensory kindergarden. Previously a fenced-in grassy space, the new garden
is a winding, terraced journey through the five senses. It is now
used as an outdoor classroom and educational resource
for JK to Grade 3.
Working closely with committee members, we created a rockery for
‘touch’, rainbow drifts
of colour for ‘see’, a herb garden for ‘taste’,
fragrant blooms for ‘smell’, and an area with amarindas, chimes and
drums - made by the children - for ‘hear’. We aim to use natural and
recycled materials as well as
low-maintenance perennials chosen to bloom in the Spring and Fall. Wide
terraces and stepping stones into each ‘sense garden’ provide a safe
place for kids to explore. The stones offer casual seating,
so that classes can gather in front of the chalkboard and learn
outdoors, and a large, circular table is perfect for examining
School parents and children
planted the 'see' section in Fall 2010 and cut out the path this April.
Volunteers built the 'touch' mound, and a number of classes planted the
'touch' 'see' and 'taste' sections. Classes are also working on
In Phase Two, volunteers built stone seating for the classroom and, in
planting will be installed.