Orchard Brae School Sensory Garden

Design brief:
The aim of this project was to create a sensory garden for a special school in Aberdeen City. This was to support pupils in their outdoor learning and gardening activities.  It needed to be a colourful, sensory space which was low maintenance.

The design:
The school garden was North facing so the plants needed to be fully hardy and love shade. Late summer vibrant colour was designed to create interest when the school returns from the summer holidays in late August. Plants were included which were textural, created sound (bamboo and grasses), scent (nepeta) and taste (herbs). The space had to be low maintenance as it was being maintained by parent volunteers and school staff.  Plants were kindly supplied by Solstice Nurseries. Planting design by Gerbera Designs.

The garden also needed to be wheelchair accessible and have growing areas.  Morrison Construction constructed a path through the garden and raised beds were also built to grow your own food.











The Design (Concept Design by The Little City Garden)






After (Landscaping by Morrison Construction, The Little City Garden, James Gettka, logs and bark supplied by Trees Are Us, compost supplied by Dobbies Aberdeen, tarpaulin supplied by Bisset and Ross, planting design and planting by Gerbera Designs plus the hard work of numerous volunteers and Friends of Orchard Brae). More information on the project and a full list of suppliers can be found on the school’s website – Eco Group – Orchard Brae School








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