Sensory Garden, Agate House, Bedfordshire, UK
A sensory garden and productive garden for Leonard Cheshire’s Agate House
A new sensory garden for Leonard Cheshire who provide support and nursing care for physically disabled adults in a friendly and safe home. With money from The National Garden Scheme, the new garden is to be place to excite and calm all of the senses. With the addition of a water feature, sensory plants, structures for height and drama, a sun dial and summer house, residents can go to this quiet corner of the grounds at Agate House and either garden passively by sitting and enjoying the space or garden actively by planting, sowing seeds, deadheading and weeding. The new garden is in two main sections. The first is an ornamental garden space where residents, visitors, staff and carers can come, sit with a cuppa either alone for personal reflection or together for social interaction, and make their way around the curved pathways. The second space is designed for gardening in wheelchairs. Raised beds and tables will allow residents to enjoy the benefits of gardening without having to transfer to another seat or reach too far. Beds are designed to be fully accessible, making this area (outside the summer house) a hub of activity.