Facinating Haunts

Sensory Trust collaboration with Katherine Hathaway for BBC Gardeners World

Huge congratulations to Katherine for winning the Platinum Award for Beautiful Borders!

Fascinating Haunts sketch by Katherine Hathaway

Sensory Trust has been advising Katherine on her border garden for BBC Gardeners World Live 2018. Katherine was keen to explore how a garden border could connect with people living with dementia. Through smell, taste and touch, old memories can be reignited and, as trips out become more challenging, the tiniest patch of garden can take on a whole new purpose.

Katherine's tiny ‘nostalgic’ garden aims to show that, even in a tiny space, you can provide people living with dementia the opportunity to sow some favourite seeds and, together, start a conversation around long-remembered scents such as Sweet Peas, Lemon Balm and Lavender. Or enjoy the pop of a Pea pod and the sweet taste of something that never made it as far as the kitchen! 

Katherine hopes to demonstrate that this style of gardening can be easily replicated by anyone wishing to help connect people living with dementia to nature and the outdoors.

Sensory Trust is proud to support this project as a great example of sensory garden design.

Katherine will be exhibiting her garden at BBC Gardeners World Live 2018 between 14 and 17 June

Creative Spaces is our flagship dementia project - find out more about enriching the lives of those living with dementia through contact with nature and the outdoors

Dementia walks monthly programme - full details on how to join in on one of our dementia friendly walks

Find out the story behind the St Austell based walking group.

How to design a dementia friendly garden read our blog post for simple hints and tips for creating outdoor spaces for people living with dementia