Dementia Care Site Map
Sensory gardens



Sensory gardens not only offers visual appeal but can also be designed to stimulate all five senses, as well. People with disabilities such as visual impairment or dementia can enjoy nature in a safe, tactile environment.

There are many ways you can transform your backyard into a delight for the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. It can be easy to imagine a wondrous setting with the birds in the trees singing, the tranquil sound of flowing river water down the streams, surrounded by the natural beauty of our many native plants and the smell of roses, lavender or mint.


Sensory gardens can also be beautiful places to relax, reflect, meditate, contemplate, talk and enjoy some physical activity. In cities and towns around the world we are fortunate to have many sensory gardens on offer - our botanical gardens, open garden schemes, some specialised gardens and even our own 'backyard'.


Create your own sensory garden

For some hints and tips on creating your own sensory garden and to view a video that features Kim Grove, a garden designer, where she talks about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia, please click on this link.


Hunter Valley Gardens

If you are visiting the Hunter Valley in NSW and would like to view the magical Hunter Valley Gardens created by Bill Roche please click here.



Open Garden Schemes

If you would like to visit or find out more information on the open garden scheme anywhere in Australia please click here.