Johnsons of Whixley and Lorna Batchelor work on Henshaw's sensory garden

Johnsons of Whixley has worked with garden designer Lorna Batchelor to create a sensory garden at the Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.

The new sensory garden takes shape. Image: Johnsons of Whixley
The new sensory garden takes shape. Image: Johnsons of Whixley

The centre is run by Henshaw’s, a charaity which helps people living with sight loss and other disabilities.

The garden will create a safe place for students to learn and explore and includes nearly £4,000 worth of plants with scented varieties such as Sarcococca confusa, Hamamelis mollis and Viburnum bodnantense, grasses for sound and touch with varieties of Stipa, Carex and Phormium included. Around 60 Rhododendrons and Azaleas give a splash of colour in the woodland garden with Ferns and Acers creating a tranquil area around the new waterfall. It will open to the public on Mothers’ Day, March 31.

The waterfall in the garden was taken from Batchelor’s Gold Award winning garden ‘Eden’ at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018 and was put together by stone mason and sculptor Jonny Clasper.

Johnsons marketing and sales coordinator Eleanor Richardson said: "It’s wonderful to be involved with a charity so close to home, working with our customer and local garden designer Lorna Batchelor to provide a garden that will really benefit the students at Henshaw’s for years to come"

Batchelor designed and planted the garden. She said: "I have visited the Arts & Crafts Centre with my family for many years and it is a place close to my heart. It has been a joy to help redevelop the gardens for the people of Knaresborough to enjoy. Thank you, Johnsons, for all the lovely plants."

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