The limestone base creates the puzzle piece outline
The limestone base creates the puzzle piece outline, and will double as a walkway around  the perimeter of the garden.

Most who follow along with the blog know that it has been Mary’s dream as an Occupational Therapist to create a space at the farm to help those with special needs find comfort, learn, explore and grow.  So when we created our 2013 “To Do” list at the beginning of the year – the Sensory Garden Project became a top goal.

The small garden is being created in the shape of a puzzle piece, one of the most widely recognized symbols for autism.

The Sensory Garden Plan - In the shape of a puzzle.
The Sensory Garden Plan – In the shape of a puzzle.

For Mary and others who will use the space – it will become a place to help those with special needs by appealing to all of their senses – especially those of smell, vision, touch, and hearing.

To this point – we have been able to work on the garden as time allows – but with week after week of rain, and a busy work and summer kid’s schedule – the progress has been a little slower than we hoped.  So, with a few “warm months” remaining – it’s time to ramp up the project timeline!

Over the last 6 weeks, we have been able to haul in close to 10 tons of limestone screenings to create the puzzle piece outline and walkway base. In addition, the holes for the garden house main structure are all dug and ready.

We will be adding a pergola structure to the garden for place to sit, relax and enjoy.
We will be adding a pergola structure to the middle of the garden for place to sit, relax and enjoy.

Over the course of the next few weeks we will haul in the topsoil to ready the beds for planting – and order, cut and prepare all of the wood for the main garden house structure.

With all of that to be ready – we have set the afternoon of Sunday, September 29th aside for the final installation day of the garden!  With the help of some friends, family and volunteers – we will erect the garden house and set up the other structures throughout the garden, and plant and mulch the remaining plants.  If all goes to plan, we can hopefully have pictures and a story of the completed sensory garden for the first October Sunday Farm Update!

Help Along The Way…

A Big Thank You To The Union County Master Gardeners!!!
A Big Thank You To The Union County Master Gardeners!!!

We do want to take a moment to thank the Union County Master Gardeners Association for their amazing help with the project! In addition to donating $100 towards the project after their Spring tour of the farm – they have also donated extra plants for the Sensory Garden from their annual fall perennial plant sale – and are graciously delivering them this coming Friday to the farm!  What a fantastic group!

Happy Gardening!

Jim and Mary

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