What is an Enabling Garden?
The Guelph Enabling Garden (GEG) is a multi-use garden designed for everyone; for children, the elderly, and families of all types, but especially for those community members with varying degrees of physical and cognitive abilities. Our Garden is specifically designed to enable people to enjoy the full range of benefits that gardening can provide.
The key features of an Enabling Garden are:
- Sensory Interest (sight, sound, smell, touch)
- Reflective areas as with any garden
- Active programming so the experience of gardening is made available to all segments of the population
The concept for the Guelph Enabling Garden began in 1999 when a number of organizations in the city that support those with physical and cognitive challenges, including the City of Guelph, identified the fact that there were no public garden facilities for this segment of Guelph’s population.
Become a Member
Membership allows your vote at our Annual General Meeting, you will receive Garden Program updates and it helps support Enabling Garden programs and workshops. A membership application form by contacting us directly.
Guelph, and the Guelph Enabling Garden, are situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people today. Today, we acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples on whose traditional territory we live, work, and meet.
As a part of the community of Guelph we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work, and gather. At the Garden, we are committed to this stewardship, and are grateful for the opportunity to bring people closer to nature.