This is our newest completed project and can be found after the London River Yacht Club, and adjacent to the Raven’s Ait Island ferry and our mural.
As the name suggests, we have created and planted up a sensory garden, with plants that appeal to the sense of sight, touch, sound, smell and taste (although we don’t want you nibbling on all the plants!)
We started to prepare the ground for the Sensory Garden on 17 May when we hired the turf cutter for the day, and the garden was initially planted up on 20 May 2023 (see below).
The making of the garden
With this garden, we wanted to demonstrate how such a garden design can provide people in our community with opportunities to connect with nature for their mental and physical health and general wellbeing. We have therefore focused on plants that stimulate or calm the various senses, and thereby attract wildlife and pollinators which in itself provides additional interest.
Our plant choice includes some heavily scented specimen but also mixes in colour, patterns, texture and sound. The plants we have used aren’t just pretty; they are also spiky, furry, fluffy, rough and smooth; they swish, rattle, shimmer and shake; they are perfumed, pungent and punchy.
- Shrubs (sarcococca, hebe, roses, cornus)
- Grasses (calamagrostis, miscanthus, festuca, imperata, stipa)
- Herbaceous perennials (euphorbia, agastache, achillea, actaea, ceratostigma, eryngium, sedum, nepeta, peony, rudbeckia, salvia, stachys)
- Herbs (rosemary, fennel, lavender, verbena)
As part of the overall impact, we have also commissioned a mural for the wall as a more pleasing, stimulating and inviting backdrop.
A wood chip path leads visitors through the garden, and invites you to relax, quietly contemplate and enjoy the view on an upcycled bench, sheltered from the sun during most of the day.
Scents, oils, fragrance and perfumes transport you to memories, people and experiences.
Sit for a while – what can you smell? What does it remind you of?
Rustling grasses and leaves all create a sense of calm and relaxation.
Sit for a while – what can you hear?
We have planted varying textures, stems and foliage, and seed pods and berries.
Gently feel the textures of the plants.
Colours can change your mood – yellows and reds are energising, whereas blues and greens are relaxing and calming.
Colours also encourage wildlife and biodiversity. What leaf shapes can you spot?
Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal and aromatic.
Did you know that some flowers and leaves are edible too?
Take a look at our photo gallery: The making of our Sensory Garden.
Created by volunteers from Queen’s Promenade Friends and sponsored by The Vision Charity and London River Yacht Club.