This intimate garden was designed to bring people in close contact with plants to stimulate the senses of smell and touch. Created in 1955, it was the first garden in the country designed to accommodate people with visual impairments, though its multisensory approach appeals to all visitors, particularly children.
Visitors are encouraged to touch and smell the plants here. Braille labels identify the specimens, which grow in raised beds at just the right height for children and for people in wheelchairs. Garden beds are arranged by theme: plants with scented leaves, plants for touch, fragrant flowers, and kitchen herbs.
This container in the Fragrance Garden is filled with lemon-scented plants. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Lantana camara (lantana) in June. Photo by Alvina Lai.
Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten‘ (common sage). Photo by Lee Patrick.
Lagurus ovatus (bunny tail grass). Photo by Alvina Lai.
Solanum quitoense (naranijilla) is a strange, spiky plant in the Fragrance Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.