EEASC provided a Service Mini-Grant to support the development of a sensory garden at the Anderson County Public Library in Belton, SC. Library staff and community volunteers, including Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, worked together to create an aesthetically pleasing, therapeutically beneficial, environmentally friendly, and educationally enriching Sensory Garden that stimulates four of the five senses: sight, smell, sound, and touch. A colorful landscape of fragrant flowers, textured bark and rustling leaves will invite more melodious songbirds and beautiful pollinators to kindle the senses of all ages!
Project Manager: Dodie Clark
Award Amount: $300
Photo 1: Grant funding was used to purchase plant tags featuring QR code connections to an online Plants Map! Visit https://www.plantsmap.com/organizations/25490/collections/34775 to see NEW courtyard photos, plant descriptions, and related resources from the garden. This created a much-needed virtual learning outreach opportunity!
Photo 2: The Sensory Garden provides a home for various pollinators, beneficial insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and small mammals at the library. Learn more about wildlife in the Sensory Garden by perusing the Library's iNaturalist sightings: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=34.50773903029151&nelng=-82.64727811970849&place_id=any&swlat=34.50504106970851&swlng=-82.64997608029151.
Photo 3: Projects such as the Sensory Garden at the Anderson County Public Library help to connect people with local nature and to promote environmental stewardship. In this photo, Anderson County Public Library Youth Services Department members Ahuvyah and Lisa are feeling the thick, soft leaves of naturalized Great Mullein while discussing how Native Americans medicinally used the leaves to wrap wounds. Library staff enjoy taking their lunch breaks in the garden where they can listen to the birds sing, watch the butterflies and bees collect nectar, and smell the herbs and flowers. Peace on Earth!