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Touch Gardens

Many gardens rely on our sense of sight to create enjoyment, but touch gardens allow visitors to explore the garden in a more tactile way.

Touch gardens include plants with contrasting textures, including soft and fuzzy or rough and spiky. Think about the velvety feel of a rose petal, or the smooth bark of a crapemyrtle.

Some plants, like the Southern magnolia, offer different textures within one plant. Its leaves are slick and leathery on top, but fuzzy and soft underneath.

Touch gardens are especially enjoyable for kids and visually impaired people. Just be sure to place any spiny plants so that no one will accidentally bump into them.

For touch gardens that will receive lots of visitors, choose sturdy plants that can stand up to frequent handling.

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