Your feel-good gar­den

Ex­plore the senses and transform your gar­den into a space that en­hances your well­be­ing, says Joe Swift. Gar­den pho­tos by Ja­son In­gram

Gardeners' World - - Contents -

In­spired by sen­sory gar­dens at Chelsea, Joe Swift re­veals tips for stim­u­lat­ing all five senses in your gar­den­ing

With well­be­ing and mind­ful­ness the cur­rent buzz­words, there’s no doubt that gar­dens and gar­den­ing play a key role in nour­ish­ing body and soul. I’ve been creat­ing a gar­den for the spinal unit at Stoke Man­dev­ille Hospi­tal; a space for pa­tients and their friends and fam­ily to spend qual­ity time. My de­sign looks to stim­u­late all the senses to some de­gree. So I was pleased to see at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show a se­ries of five gar­dens that each took a sense as their theme. Cre­ated by lead­ing gar­den de­sign­ers, the BBC Ra­dio 2 Feel Good Gar­dens stole the show for me. Some en­er­gised, some in­trigued and oth­ers soothed – all were to­tally in­spir­ing. In a gar­den, senses work in lay­ers rather than hit­ting you all at once and it’s this that will make for a deeper en­joy­ment. Fol­low my tips as I re­veal over the com­ing pages the ideas you can bor­row from those Chelsea gar­dens to har­ness the power of the five senses in your plot.

Septem­ber 2017 gar­den­er­

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