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Sensory Gardens - Oklahoma State University Botanic Gardens

  1. 1. OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY BOTANIC GARDENS SENSORY GARDENS Project Update July 31, 2009 Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council Oklahoma Cit OK Okl h City,Michael Schnelle Michael HolmesProfessor and Extension Specialist p Assistant ProfessorOrnamental Horticulture Landscape ArchitectureOK State University OK State University
  2. 2. Project TimelineYear One Seeking Input --- “listening to the experts” Design g Implementation (Phase 1)Year Two Implementation (Phase 2)Year Three Workshop “Train the Trainer” FactsheetsLooking Ahead On-going Educational Programs
  3. 3. Location : OSU Botanical Garden
  4. 4. OSU Botanical Garden Current > 10,000 annual visitors Goal > 100,000 annual visitors
  5. 5. Sensory Garden
  6. 6. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY• Faculty and staff in theDepartment of Horticulture andD t t f H ti lt dLandscape Architecture have aunique blend of interests/backgrounds that favorhorticultural therapy projects• ODDC personnel recognizedour faculty/staff’s pastsuccesses via horticulturaltherapy workshops and relatedendeavors
  7. 7. HORTICULTURE AND L.A. L A OUTREACH/ EDUCATION• Horticultural therapy workshops• Youth-oriented events• General public
  8. 8. WHAT IS A SENSORY GARDEN?• Plants and other design elements areselected with intention to provide pexperiences for seeing, smelling, hearing,touching, and tasting• Regardless of the designer’s g ginterpretation of what a sensory gardenreally is, the expectation is that the gardenwill be accessible and designed foruniversal enjoyment j y• More and more attention is being paid tomaking an area or two of the g g gardenenjoyable to everyone, regardless of whatthe condition of their sight, smell, hearing,touch, taste, or mobility might be
  9. 9. SENSORY GARDENS USERS• We anticipate a diversity of usersranging in age and developmentaland intellectual abilities.
  10. 10. SENSORY GARDEN: Site ProgramTotal Garden: 4,000 sq ft Raised Beds: 300 lin ft Planting Area: 2,500 sq ft Hardscape: 1,500 sq ft1 Large Gathering Space5 Sensory Rooms
  11. 11. Overall Plan Gathering Room
  12. 12. Overall Plan Taste Touch Gathering RoomSightSi ht Smell S ll Sound
  13. 13. Raised Planting BedsADA Accessibility Guidelines
  14. 14. Planting Plan
  15. 15. Planting Plan
  16. 16. Irrigation Plan
  17. 17. Interpretive Signage (Year 1)
  18. 18. Braille Sign
  19. 19. Project Timeline• Year Two – Implementation (Phase 2) • Hardscape Walkways (not funded in ODDC grant) • Interpretive Signage • Interactive Programmatic Elements g • Shade Structures • Benches
  20. 20. Interpretive Signage (Year 2)• ADA Accessibility Guidelines• Accessible Raised Planting Beds• Horticultural Therapy
  21. 21. Project Timeline• Year Three – Workshop “Train the Trainer” – Factsheet• Looking Ahead – On-going Educational Programs
  22. 22. SENSORY GARDENS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS• The gardens will be designed primarily forself-guided t lf id d tours.• Throughout the garden there will beeducational signage as well as interactiveprogrammatic di l ti displays• On-site educational programs andworkshops will be occasionally provided

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