GCG Sensory Garden ideas Blog

Discover Sensory plant varieties, flower compositions and many other blooming projects for your green circle garden.

If you are the proud owner of a GCG or would simply like to know more about GCG sensory garden ideas such plant types, flowers and creative gardening activities then this Horticultural Therapy blog is for you! 

  • Discover GCG Sensory garden ideas to practice in Schools and Senior Assisted living homes. Find plants used in Horticultural Therapy and why stimulating the senses of sight, touch and smell can benefit Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimers reminding them of long lost skills or memories.
  • Identify edible and non-edible plants which is important when choosing your plants as individuals may take plants to the mouth.
  • Learn about soil types, plant requirements, and other tips to get the most out of your Green Circle Gardens.
  • Create Arts and Crafts activities which provide scope for creativity for Children, young Adults and Seniors.
  • Green Circle Garden makes growing and tending plants more comfortable and enjoyable. Accessible gardening is now more stimulating for the senses as participants are relaxed and within smelling distance of the flowers. 

Growing Vegetables in Accessible Gardens

April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds after your last frost. It’s still not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds as well. Check out the below vegetables that can be started in April. Be sure to check your gardening zone for last frost dates. For best resultstry

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GCG Plant Spacing Guidelines

In today’s post we will look at plant spacing guidelines for your Green Circle Garden. Plants can vary in size and this has to be taken into consideration as plants get bigger. In our last posts we mention that trailing or creeping plants can be trained to grow outside of the garden area to maximise

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GCG Enhances sensory gardening activities for kids and adults with disabilities

Horticultural Therapy garden plants for sensory gardening
Gardening arts and crafts activities for children in Schools
Sensory Gardening in senior assisted living homes
  • The influence of the interaction of plants and people in an atmosphere as calming and relaxing as a garden has a positive effect on all participants with disabilities improving well being. When the mind and body are less stressed, physical activities are easier to perform. In special needs schools and assisted living homes, participants can enjoy the social benefits of pleasant conversations, some much needed laughter and making new friends. Also being with a group of people who is also experiencing similar difficulties can be encouraging when seeing how others cope and adjust. A disabled or elderly person who feels isolated from the mainstream of life can greatly benefit from the mental stimulation of a group setting.

  • For those who desire to participate as an individual, whether in a Special needs School or Senior Assisted Living home, Horticultural Therapy can give an opportunity to have quiet reflecting time. Individuals can also occupy their thoughts with the task at hand such as planting a seedling, while releasing their mind if even for a brief moment, of an ever-present physical or emotional problem.

  • A sense of feeling they have accomplished something, and knowing they are responsible to care and nurture a living plant is very rewarding to many individuals. The sense of personal satisfaction growing a flower gifted from a loved one can have noticeable benefits in creating a sense of well-being.


Learning garden for Inclusive School gardening

Growing and caring for plants can be a fulfilling pastime for everybody. In many circumstances plants can have therapeutic effects by stimulating the senses of, eyesight, smell, touch and taste. Sensory Garden Therapy is encouraged by Gp’s for individuals wit disabilities such as dementia care. Memory recall  in Alzheimer’s or Cerebral Palsy subjects is improved by interacting with plants remembering “familiar” long lost scents, shapes, colours, and textures. Improving memory by talking about past childhood memories and encouraging conversations about happy events of family and friends. keeping track of our short-term goals. Learning the names of plants and flowers and recalling the names of plants they planted in their own gardens in the past.


What other benefits does horticultural therapy provide?

  • Decrease Anxiety and Alleviate Depression

  • Improve sense of personal worth

  • Increase feelings of calm and relaxation

  • Increase sense of Stability

  • Improve Mood
  • Provides healthier patterns of social functioning.

  • Improve group cohesiveness

  • Increase sense of control

  • Improve personal satisfaction

  • Reduce Stress
  • Increase self-esteem

  • Improve Concentration

  • Stimulate Memory

  • Allows individuals with disabilities to socially integrate and combat feelings of isolation in communities

Did you find any of our GCG Sensory garden ideas useful?

Feel free to share with colleagues and encourage sensory garden ideas and there benefits in Schools, Senior living homes and nursing homes. Every little bit counts, Thanks!

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