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 abilities.
We have always envisioned the Garden as a two-phase project, and, with the completion of Phase 1 in 2005, it is our dream to see Phase 2 come to fruition.
For Phase 2, we plan to expand the physical Garden space. There will be river restoration, boardwalks built onto the river and a larger teaching garden. Other features will include a water sculpture, more arbours and site furniture. We also plan to expand the gardening features and technological advancements with new accessible bed designs.
We want to continue the feel of the Garden, by embracing the full-sensory engaging nature of the space, with things to smell, touch, taste, see, and hear. The plants that 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.
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.
Help us by expanding this special place.