Facinating Haunts

Sensory Trust collaboration with Katherine Hathaway, Lark Hall Studios, for BBC Gardeners World Live 2018

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

Fascinating Haunts sketch by Katherine Hathaway

Katherine's design for BBC Gardeners World Live 2018 shows that making a dementia-friendly garden doesn't need a lot of space - this one has been created in a bed measuring 2.75m x 2.75m. The garden shows 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! 

Sensory Trust is delighted to have been involved, advising on the garden design, helping as a general sound board and supporting the whole idea. But the hard work is all credit to Katherine and has been rewarded by a Platinum Award - an amazing achievement for anyone exhibiting for the first time.

Katherine was keen to explore how a garden border could connect with people living with dementia. Through smell, taste and touch, memories can be reignited and as trips out become more challenging, the tiniest patch of garden can take on a whole new purpose. She wanted to show that this style of gardening can be easily replicated by anyone wishing to help connect people living with dementia to nature and the outdoors.

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

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