Interactive garden a treat for senses

Uniting Church WA moderator Steve Francis with Juniper board |chairman Fred Boshart at the opening of the garden.
Uniting Church WA moderator Steve Francis with Juniper board |chairman Fred Boshart at the opening of the garden.

BALCATTA aged and disability care centre Juniper opened an interactive garden for residents and clients this month.

The garden was designed to provide accessible outdoor activities, connections with nature, families and friends and the means to grow and harvest produce.

Chief executive Vaughan Harding said people of all ages could enjoy the space, which also serves as an volunteering opportunity for individuals and groups in the community.

“Wide pathways for wheelchairs and raised garden beds make the space very accessible and a wide range of edible and fragrant plantings have been carefully selected to provide a variety of sensory and enjoyable interactive experiences,” Mr Harding said.

“An outdoor kitchen, complete with barbecues and a pizza oven, enables visitors to prepare and eat produce picked fresh from the garden.”

Mr Harding said the garden was a tribute to a rich local growing history and is on land used by market gardeners from the 1900s until wider urban development in the 1960s and ‘70s.

The project was supported by grants from Lotterywest and the City of Stirling.

For volunteering inquiries, contact volunteering@juniper. org.au.