Garden is a sensory rich environment to be enjoyed in all four
seasons of the year. The Garden creates the opportunity for intuitive
connection to the natural world, plants, animal, birds and butterflies
and an opportunity to experience the changing of the seasons.
As mental function declines, people with dementia operate more
on a sensory level, rather than an intellectual level. Therefore,
it is important to provide positive sensory stimulation for them
to gather information about their environment. The Memory Garden
creates a wonderful opportunity for a person with dementia to
recall experiences from the past and provides countless subjects
for discussion with family and friends.
is accessible: pathways are smooth and low in glare. The
center beds are raised for viewing from a wheelchair or without
bending. Handrails along pathways help those who have difficulty
is easy to find your way in. The entry to the garden provides
a slightly raised overlook area that allows visitors to preview
the layout of the entire garden before entering. Once inside,
the pathways form loops without confusing dead-ends. Features
such as the covered arbor provide landmarks within the garden.
lots of places to sit and enjoy the garden. Benches are
provided in a circle around the central water feature, and along
the outside of the main pathway, providing views into the garden.
evoke childhood memories. Many plant varieties common in
older gardens are featured to spark pleasant memories of the past.
has been planned to stimulate the senses: The rich botanical
collection is designed to provide four seasons of sensory stimulation,
including plants that are interesting to look at, to touch, and
will provide stimulation and points of interest for conversation
between caregivers and persons with dementia. These include brightly
colored birdhouses, wind chimes, bird feeders, and a bubbling