By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Everyone benefits by walking through a garden—it can calm or excite the senses.
The North Creek High School Gardening Club, through a grant submitted by student, Joe Yamauchi, requested funds to create a Sensory Garden for the school’s special-needs students.
Mill Creek Garden Club’s Past President Julie Jacobson was thrilled to hand over Mill Creek Garden Club’s check for this project which will be completed in April 2019.
Sensory gardens are designed to encourage visitors to touch, view, taste and listen; they are literally an invitation to interact with nature. The North Creek Gardening Club’s design features container-planted lavender plants which are touted to have a stress-relieving fragrance, cool soothing color and are touchy-feely too. The addition of two wind chimes introduces mellow sound as a fun feature to the garden but it will be up to Mother Nature to provide a gentle breeze.
It is hoped this space will provide both an educational and recreational outdoor gathering place for the North Creek High School special-needs students while the entire student body will benefit by learning from this true sense of community achievement. Creating a sensory garden is an exciting project that provides exceptional opportunities for the North Creek High School family and may also serve as inspiration to others.
Along with the sensory garden, funds were given to expand the school’s vegetable garden. The planting beds were initially funded by MCGC in the early spring of 2018 and this ambitious group of students wishes to grow more vegetables with the hope of eventually being successful enough to supply fresh veggies and herbs to a local food bank.
Isn’t it incredible what happens when Mill Creek Garden Club presents a Garden Tour! When you choose to “walk through gardens” at the June 22nd, Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market, you will contribute to similar garden-related projects. The six-featured gardens may be calming, exciting or a bit of both; but you are invited to reach out and experience nature.
North Creek High School garden 2018. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club and North Creek High School.