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'It opens nature to all': Sensory Garden opens at Bernheim Forest

The garden is a revitalization of an existing space of stone beds near the Education Center and the Silos.
Credit: Alyssa Newton - WHAS11

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In an effort to make the park more enjoyable to all, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest announced the opening of its new Sensory Garden.

The garden is a revitalization of an existing space of stone beds near the Education Center and the Silos according to a press release.

“The spirit that guided Bernheim’s team in creating the Sensory Garden is closely aligned with Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature, which includes an obligation to provide diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all species – plant, animal, and human,” said Dr. Mark K. Wourms, executive director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Communities from the Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Dreams with Wings, Arts for All and Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation visited and provided funding along with WHAS Crusade for Children and Kosair Charities. Their suggestions helped finalize the features within the garden according to the release.

“The sensory garden makes a difference in the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired by enchanting and engaging the senses,” said Michele Brown, executive director of the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation. “It opens nature to all.”

Features include:

  • Interpretive signage including pictograph and Braille components to describe the garden features
  • Plants with tactile qualities in the Touch space
  • Quiet space
  • Sound features
  • Seating with meaning

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