In the Kiev Botanical garden named Grishko equip the touch area and high beds

В киевском ботсаду имени Гришко обустроят сенсорную зону и высокие грядки

Although today in the Botanical garden in Pechersk there is no sell-out, which happens in the season of flowering of lilacs, the flow of fans walking does not dry out. Here you can observe the change in “scenery” in the garden “Four seasons”, enjoy the winter scenery and enjoy the paintings of nature in any weather. The main thing — to see this beauty. Sorry that not everyone is given.

In the Kiev Botanical garden figured out how to show the diversity of the surrounding world of blind people.

— Had the idea to create a special area for visitors, deprived of visual contact, — said the “FACTS” Director of the National Botanic garden of Nikolai Grishko Natalia Zaimenko. — Give the opportunity to people with low vision or the blind to see with different natural materials to touch: for example, hold in their hands pine cones, pebbles, pine needles, sand, splash in the water. On a plot of pave walkways to accommodate wheelchair users.

Released the site for the new garden (the trees there moved to another place), smoothed out and lay it out to her, and planting the plants will do next spring.

Opposite this area is located the garden of fragrance Hildegarde. The nun Hildegard von bingen (1098-1179), the great German herbalist, who first turned to the medicinal properties of the herbs and planted the first gardens of aromas. Here and join our fragrant upper kindergarten (it already is, but bring it to perfection, guests touch the plants and learn their scent) and lower — touch (to the left of the entrance is oak alley — towards the rosary). There and put signs with the names of plants to know what grows here.

How replyrow tactile garden to people, especially with special needs, it was easier to check the exposure?

— The future of the garden is called touch, since you can connect to the knowledge of many of the human senses. Because people are able to analyze the information from the environment through hearing, smell, touch, — gets into conversation the Deputy Director of the Botanical garden Nicholas Soumik. And this is to some extent able to compensate for poor eyesight. In kindergarten, these visitors will be able to hear the rustle of grass and foliage, the murmur of water, the scents of spice plants, feel the leaves and stems.

Set on a plot of desktops at the level of the wheelchair so that visitors can comfortably view the contents of a shallow (10 cm) containers filled with water, stones, sand and other materials. And the fountains will splatter water. On high (to 60 cm) beds you can reach each plant.

A plot of 30 acres lay it out in the form of a dove, which is visible from the height. Near this area there is a rise (shaft with rock and Alpine garden) where you can see the colorful “bird”. Her wings, torso and tail, and just are raised beds. For example, in the “tail” will land rustling grasses — miscanthus, for example, as well as feather.

В киевском ботсаду имени Гришко обустроят сенсорную зону и высокие грядки

Designers are going to plan a sensory garden in the form of a huge dove

— What plants appear in the garden?

— In addition to herbs, on the site there will be thousands of other plants, bushes and trees, and visit the sensory garden will not only people with disabilities but to everyone. This is a very useful way of exploring a variety of form plants in one place you can enjoy not only their fragrance and colours.

Among the aromatic herbs will be a lot of wormwood, mint, thyme, Catnip, Valerian… Visitors can touch textured foliage or interesting the crowns of juniper, lilac, currant, rhododendron, olives, and dwarf species of fruit trees (here, drop the instances are not higher than one meter). Sensory garden and garden of fragrance will constitute a single complex.

— It seems, sensory gardens popular in Europe. Adopt experience of the West?

— Yes, in Europe, these gardens are in the Czech Republic, Romania, and other countries. And the modern touch gardens — Aboretum Bolestraszyce is located in Poland on its construction, the EU has allocated considerable funds.

— And what kind of help you expect?

— Raise funds both domestic and foreign investors, there is an agreement with the Norwegians, Swiss. Planting material will ensure we are: part of the plant will be taken from our collection, and the other will gain.

— Nikolai Ivanovich, sensory garden starts to build in spring, and in New years eve in Botanical garden anything will change?

— Of course. Offer guests a new year’s extravaganza with lights and plants (from 15 December to 19 January). Because in the winter it is so nice to chill suddenly fall into the “fabulous tropical forest”, located in the orangery — is not extravaganza! Our exposition is almost 400 square meters, near the Bush and get lost easy …

Prepare the traditional Christmas exhibition where designers will share their ideas: how to decorate a house or workplace only plant compositions. The wizard will prove to create Christmas trees suitable not only pine branches, you can use anything: pods of gleditsia tree, the vine, the strands of coconut, dead wood, and other materials, “come alive” in the right hands…

From the main entrance to the Botanical garden to the stairs leading to the orangery, visitors spend the festive lights of the backlight. Along the stairs, too light illumination, it will emphasize the architectonics of the bushes and tree trunks. And if more snow in the air, the atmosphere will be just magical. So first everything in the garden, and then into the forest — tropical…

for ease of movement of people with special needs.

The photo in the header: Special patch in the tactile area will help the blind to explore the natural diversity

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