In a Sensory Garden sight, smell, touch and hearing are enhanced in the process of working with and being around plants. Sensory Gardens help spectrum challenges, be they mental or memory, skill development, physical coordination, integrated team work and socialization.
The garden is meant to expand on the variety of services to individuals with development disabilities.
Therapeutic Landscapes primary focus is gardens in healthcare and vocational facilities. The landscape is designed for a specific population, often with a specific purpose (e.g. encouraging seniors and disabled peoples to get outside for exercise, sunlight and fresh air). Mental health improves through a sense of achievement in growing food.
Gardens reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being. This leads to measurable psychological, physiological and behavioral benefits such as reduced anxiety and sadness, immune functioning and better compliance with treatment and therapy protocol.
See document below on the Rehoboth Sensory Garden