In the garden, you will find herbs and edible plants to stimulate your taste buds; brightly coloured flowers and a variety of shapes to catch the eye; sweet smelling flowers and aromatic herbs to tickle your nose; a mixture of textures for your fingers to explore; and a symphony of water, blowing grasses and chirping birds to please your ears. It is a safe, interactive environment for all ages and abilities.
Individuals with moderate to severe disabilities benefit from being outside in the fresh air and enjoying the sounds, sights, smells, feel and tastes of the plants and other garden features. Currently, there are few outdoor experiences accessible to this group of individuals due to accessibility and transportation issues. Through the use of wide, concrete walkways and raised beds, the Joseph Dominik Sensory garden is accessible to all.
However, the benefits of a sensory garden go far beyond those with moderate and severe disabilities. Those with less severe disabilities enjoy the opportunity to participate in the care and maintenance of the garden offering them additional educational, vocational, recreational and physical benefits of gardening. Ongwanada clients have been involved in every aspect of the garden from planting the seeds to caring for the garden to harvesting seeds, herbs and flowers for use in crafts and other initiatives.
The Sensory Garden is open to the public and free to use.
Ongwanada earns Accreditation with Exemplary Standing
Ongwanada is proud to announce that after Accreditation Canada's surveyors were on-site in December, they reported that our organization met Exemplary status. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the process. ... More