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The aim of the Guelph Enabling
Garden is to provide a fully accessible working/teaching garden for
all Guelph and community citizens. It is designed to be a destination
for visitors to enjoy nature and the healing it provides. It is
a garden that can be both actively used and passively enjoyed. Workshops
are offered throughout the year that relate to various gardening
aspects including assisting those with their own garden challenges,
as well as for school-aged children, seniors, and those with varying
Glynis Logue has worked with
GEG since 1999 to design the garden and coordinate the building of Phase
One. Contact her at (519) 763-7510 if you have any specific questions
about the garden's detail.
Take a Tour of the Guelph Enabling Garden:
Phase One of the plan includes
a woodland garden, spiral garden, outdoor sculpture gallery, and community
You enter the garden on a main pathway built to accommodate wheelchairs,
walkers, and clients with low vision. The surface is smooth and
flat, with good traction. The pathway has textural and visual
markers and is wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to pass.
The fully accessible community
garden plots highlight teaching, working, and growing your favourite
plants. There are raised garden planters built at different heights
for those in wheelchairs and those who wish to sit or stand. A wooden
arbour and hanging baskets create a sense of enclosure for workshops.
Next to this area there is a fully accessible shed to house our supplies,
water, and hydro access.
Carry on through the garden
and you come to a spiral garden that looks over the river and a
quiet wooded area to rest and enjoy nature. Sit under a native tree,
listen to the birds, or enjoy a picnic.
The Guelph Enabling Garden
is a unique experience that stimulates all senses through active
and passive spaces.
Plantings used in an enabling
garden are chosen for fragrance, texture, sight, sound, and taste. Native
plants are used to demonstrate how we can learn to grow gardens
that do not rely on water and chemicals. Environmental gardening is
also practiced through activities such as composting, mulching, water conservation, and xeriscaping.