Inclusive Gardening 101: Designing a Sensory Garden for All Abilities

Creating a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden is a wonderful way to provide an inclusive and engaging outdoor space for people of all abilities. By incorporating a variety of plants, textures, scents, and sounds, a sensory garden can stimulate the senses and promote relaxation, mindfulness, and well-being.

To ensure that the garden is accessible to wheelchair users, it is important to consider the layout, pathways, and surfaces. Wide, smooth paths with gentle slopes and non-slip surfaces can make it easy for people to navigate the garden independently. Raised garden beds and containers can also be used to provide opportunities for wheelchair users to participate in gardening activities.

In addition to being a beautiful and therapeutic space, a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden can also serve as an educational tool for children and adults alike. By learning about the different plants and their sensory properties, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for the natural world and the benefits it provides.

Overall, creating a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden is a meaningful and rewarding project that can bring joy and enrichment to many people’s lives.


“Safe Plants for a Sensory Garden”

A sensory garden is a wonderful way to engage all of your senses and create a peaceful and relaxing environment. However, it is important to choose plants that are safe for everyone, especially children and pets. Here are some suggestions for safe plants that you can use in your sensory garden:

  1. Lavender – This fragrant herb is known for its calming properties and is safe for both humans and pets.
  2. Sunflowers – These bright and cheerful flowers are safe for everyone and can add a pop of color to your garden.
  3. Mint – This refreshing herb is safe for humans and pets and can be used to make tea or added to recipes.
  4. Marigolds – These colorful flowers are safe for everyone and can help repel pests from your garden.
  5. Lemon balm – This citrus-scented herb is safe for humans and pets and can be used to make tea or added to recipes.

By incorporating these safe plants into your sensory garden, you can create a beautiful and enjoyable space for everyone to enjoy.


Ways to make your events more inclusive

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Inclusivity matters in events because who wants to be a part of a party where they are constantly being excluded while others are frolicking around, having the time of their lives? Yawn! Inclusivity fosters an environment that promotes diversity and shows that everyone from different backgrounds is equally important. We all deserve to feel comfortable and included to express ourselves without fear of being judged or ridiculed. So let’s get our inclusive game on and make sure that everyone feels welcome at every event, whether it’s a small gathering or a grand ballroom dance. Remember, life can sometimes be tough, but sometimes all we need is a good party to ease our minds and bring us together as one big happy family!


Here are some ideas of ways to make things more inclusive.

  • Consider accessibility needs for all attendees
  • Provide gender-neutral restrooms
  • Offer diverse food options to accommodate dietary restrictions
  • Ensure speakers and performers represent a range of backgrounds
  • Use inclusive language in all event materials and communication
  • Create a safe space policy and enforce it consistently
  • Provide ASL interpreters or closed captioning for presentations
  • Offer childcare services to make events more accessible for parents
  • Encourage feedback from attendees to continually improve inclusivity efforts