Sensory Garden
Image: Sensory Garden After

This wildlife charity secured funding to make a sensory garden at its visitor centre. Due to the national importance of the wildlife and habitat at the site, all the planting and building had to be either native species or species sympathetic to the site. We created the basic structure of the site by terracing the steep bank using reclaimed timber, and planted it with armeria, mullein, silene and mentha. Texture was provided by stachys (lamb’s ear) and, for the more adventurous, gorse and wild roses! Scent came from honeysuckle and the mint, and taste was provided by a small herb garden supplying fresh produce to the kitchen. Sound came from rustling grasses, and the insects and birds that frequented the garden.