A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants and the use of materials that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. These types of gardens are popular with and beneficial to both children and adults, especially those who have sensory processing issues, including autism and other disabilities.
Kids who have sensory processing disorders tend to have extreme reactions to sensory stimulation in that they are either stimulated too much or too little. A sensory garden can be very therapeutic for people who suffer from sensory problems. It may be used as a calming place and as a gentle way to stimulate the senses.
Time spent in natural environments like a sensory garden also provide a range of health benefits for all, including reduced stress and lowered blood pressure. Sensory gardens can make a great contribution to emotional and physical health. They can be beautiful places to relax, reflect, meditate, contemplate and talk.
Our extensive Sensory Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park will be sensational, inspirational, and, most importantly, accessible. The primary objective of the planned Sensory Garden is to provide an enabling, working and teaching garden for people of all ability levels to engage nature with all their senses: sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, construction of the entry to the Sensory Garden is nearly complete. A sitting area and accompanying flower beds will be added in 2019. Also coming in 2019, thanks to a generous community donor, we will begin construction on a spectacular twin fountain water display in the heart of this garden area. Colorful landscape plantings will welcome you to approach the fountain and guide you into what will be a series of garden "rooms" to engage your senses, ultimately leading you to a four-season event pavilion and kitchen classroom.
Edible landscaping, production herb and vegetable gardens, and year-round greenhouses will provide children, students, people with disabilities, veterans and others with hands-on horticulture experiences and education that are not only practical for everyday living, but also therapeutic and nurturing for the soul.
Your donation on #GivingTuesday and through the end of the year will enable us to continue building this important garden area.
Springfield Botanical Gardens - by the numbers
- 112 acres
- 40+ gardens/garden areas – two of them with national display status
- Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, internationally recognized
- Gray Campbell Farmstead featuring the oldest home in Springfield
- Roston Native Butterfly House
- Lake Drummond
- Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
- Peace Through People Pavilion & Amphitheater
- 3+ miles of walking trails
- Great Lawn
- Connection to the Ozark Greenways South Creek Trail
- Naturegrounds playground & Playcore play pods for children
- Botanical Center building with offices and meeting space – 2,500 square feet inside and 2,725 on the rooftop plaza
- 800,000 estimated annual visitors
- #1 (often) on TripAdvisor for Things to do in Springfield
We're off to a great start!
Thank you for providing such a great start to our #GivingTuesday! You've provided the momentum needed to put us at the top of the leader board - we are so grateful!