Posts Tagged garden
Allotment gardeners reap healthy rewards (11/27/2010) – a study shows the benefits of working an allotment, particularly for those over 60.
Horticulture Center at School for the Blind « Garden Club Salon – horticultural therapy at Perkins School for the Blind.
Really appreciate plants’ feel, smell | mydesert.com | The Desert Sun – gardening and cookery at e Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage helps students to recognise plants by touch, smell and flavour.
Report highlights value of school gardening / RHS Gardening – new RHS report shows value of gardening to children with special educational needs.
Square Foot Gardening is Anything but Square « Gardeninggrrl’s Blog – some of the advantages of this gardening system, often adopted by blind and visually impaired people.
Visually impaired and blind children learn to garden – ANR IMPACT – Master Gardeners in San Diego County held a summer camp for visually impaired children, who left the camp with a love of plants and gardening.
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair 2010 – a chance to visit the garden, sample some lovely foods and maybe buy a special gift. The garden is in the heart of London.
Dates and Times
- Saturday, 27th November, 11-4
- Sunday, 28th November 10-4
Saturday ticket holders will be able to visit on Sunday for free.
A Sensory Tour of the Garden – Little Garden Helpers – encouraging children to use their senses.
Blind Gardener of the Year – Insight Radio – Robbie from the Thrive gardening organisation appears on the Friday Morning Mix. Several audio extracts are available on this page.
blind-gardening | Google Groups – doesn’t look very active, though
Blindness no handicap | Stuff.co.nz – Graham Burtenshaw, a blind Picton man, has been named Gardener of the Year for the Marlborough region by the New Zealand Gardener magazine.
Gardening Tips for People with Impaired Vision – Garden Forever.
Blind Upper Burrell man creates awe-inspiring gardens – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Ed Novak lost his sight to glaucoma many years ago, but inspired by gardens in Italy, Japan and Britain, he is a talented garden designer.
Developing a Sensory Garden – presentation on Slideshare follows. Sorry, this is an inaccessible Flash control.
F-State Visually Impaired Residents get Helping Hand – SABCNews – plot of land in South Africa will be self-sufficiency venture.
Gardening Against the Odds_YNET.com??? – award for blind and partially sighted gardeners who brought to life an unlikely plot of land in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Searching For The Garden « Losing Vision Gaining Insight – a familiar story about trying to find what is probably an underwhelming attempt at a sensory garden.
Please also visit my
Blind Gardening web page for more general information.
A garden for all senses | syracuse.com – garden in Syracuse, NY, aims to awaken senses in people with many kinds of developmental disability.
Family Organic Garden – you can save a lot of money and avoid harmful chemicals in your food once you’ve read this book, so it says here.
First aid for eyes of a gardener! – BHM Forum – a cautionary tale about getting sap in the eyes, and how you might deal with the consequences.
Gardens that grow themselves | G-Online, the best of green – Jonathan White introduces ecological gardening methods that could save you a great deal of work. Also visit
Jonathan The Fresh Food Garden Guru. There’s an e-book and video tutorial package expaining all this. This can be obtained from
Food4Wealth – about $39 or £27. I’m sorry that I don’t know how blind-friendly or otherwise this material is.
Smell the Roses: How Gardening Can Improve Your Health – some of the proven benefits of gardening for physical and mental health.
Unusual Vegetable Garden Ideas | eHow.com – both the vegetables and the ways of growing them may be unusual.
Why Is Gardening Good Medicine? – some of the benefits of herb and sensory gardening.
Please also visit
Vince’s Parallax: Blind Gardening
[Video] A GARDEN FOR THE BLIND – One section of Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens is called “The Fragrance Garden”.
Accessible Gardening Environments Infinitec – Play – Gardening – adding accessibility and sensory elements to a garden.
Garden club sproutss – after the desctructive floods of 2008, the Morpeth, Northumberland, blind gardeners’ group, including the sensory garden, is back in business.
Gardening and Horticulture | Perkins Scout – a variety of useful information and links for blind gardeners. Topics include tools, techniques, suppliers, special equipment and sources of help and support.
get into gardening – UK DIY store HomeBase has started a gardening social network.
[Video] Landscaping with Mervyn Cox – Mervyn has Usher’s syndrome, and is losing his sight and hearing. Yet all his experience in landscaping still serves him well, aided by his wife and some special equipment.
The Coolest Fragrant Plants (Part 1 – Different Shades of Green – this series gets off to a good start with old-fashioned sweet peas.
The proven power of flowers – gardening as therapy for disabled people.
The Success Story Of The Physically Challenged in Oncho-Free Zone ::: Breaking News in Ghana – blind and otherwise disabled participants are improving their health and earning a living through gardening.
As the gardening season kicks off in northern temperate latitudes, the Blind Buzz looks at sensory gardens, blind gardeners, and any techniques that have been developed by or for blind people – or anything that we can steal from others!
Please also see
Vince’s Parallax: Blind Gardening for more information on this topic.
Aeroponic Garden by Jim Ruck Popularizes Avant-garde Gardening – a system that
doesn’t use soil but mists plants with nutrients.
Agriculture’s backyard revolution rolls on in the city – National Rural News – Agribusiness and General – General – Stock & Land – vegetable growing at the Ringwood Community Garden, near Melbourne, Australia.
Birmingham’s jobless to help build sensory garden in Handsworth – Birmingham Mail – this is Birmingham, UK.
blind-gardening | Google Groups – UK based
Choosing what herbs to grow – The School Vegetable Patch – herbs are excellent subjects for a sensory garden.
Free Growers Guides For Organic Crops – downloadable PDF files. Funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
leaves ‘n bloom – the author lives in Perthshire, Scotland, and writes about gardening and the natural environment, including sensory gardens for visually impaired people.
Lottery cash for Ribble Valley projects – Clitheroe Today – the Lancashire village of Billington, near Clitheroe, has won a grant for a sensory garden that will encourage wildlife and provide somewhere to go for quality time.
Meet Merv the blind and deaf gardener | Stuff.co.nz – Merv has 30 years’ experience as a landscape gardener, and he’s deaf and blind.
Newbie to gardening and am blind – BBC Gardening Clinic – start of a message board discussion.
Pringle welcomes blind garden (The Scotsman) : Home And Gardens Blog – Edinburgh MP welcomes new sensory garden at Royal Blind Braeside House in Liberton.
Sensory Trust – Creating inclusive environments. UK based.
The Staten Island Botanical Garden | Staten Island Mag – includes the Lions Sensory Garden.
Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog – News and other good information about landscapes for health.
Thrive, charity using gardening and horticulture to change the lives of disabled people – small UK-based charity that includes a Blind Gardners’ Club.
In my occasional series on leisure activities, I’ll be covering gardening by and for blind people. Actually, if a project seems to have good ideas that could be applied to blind people, I may include that too, even if blind people aren’t actually imvolved. I could have included many more sensory gardens in this list, which is great to see, but I hope that side of this subject is covered enough to give you the idea.
Please also visit
Vince’s Parallax: Blind Gardening, which has a wider range of references to blind gardening.
[Video] A GARDEN FOR THE BLIND – in Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Back in the Garden – Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) – Featured Agencies – Finding Help & Support – AFB Senior Site – American Foundation for the Blind – one of many resources described by AFB.
Gardening proves to be the wonder drug for a wide variety of human ailments – horticultural therapy has the power to heal, experience and research indicate.
Gardens that heal | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star – this garden project in Indiana, provided for cancer patients, might provide inspiration for gardens elsewhere.
Glee 2010 – GleeWire News Archive – Blue Peter joins Greenfingers to open new sensory garden – children’s hospice has a new sensory garden.
Help charity to win garden lottery funds (From Echo) – Essex project hopes to provide sensory garden for sight and hearing impared children.
jack barnes wins gardener of the year award – 15-year-old Jack, who sees in black and white, has won a Thrive Gardener of the Year Award. Caroline Wootton from Hucknall, also in Nottinghamshire, won a runner-up prize in the adult category.
Sensory garden to bring a touch of floral class – A sensory garden to be enjoyed by blind and visually-impaired people is set to be established in Hailsham, sussex, E. S. England.
Sweet-smelling garden for blind stirs the senses |The Tennessean – Lions Club and public funding have supported this project, due open next May.