Fragrance Garden

This intimate garden was designed to bring people in close contact with plants to stimulate the senses of smell and touch. Created in 1955, it was the first garden in the country designed to accommodate people with visual impairments, though its multisensory approach appeals to all visitors, particularly children.

Visitors are encouraged to touch and smell the plants here. Braille labels identify the specimens, which grow in raised beds at just the right height for children and for people in wheelchairs. Garden beds are arranged by theme: plants with scented leaves, plants for touch, fragrant flowers, and kitchen herbs.

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Garden Layout

a map of the Fragrance Garden

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Visitors admire a viburnum in bloom in the Fragrance Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
Aztec Marigold
Tagetes erecta ‘Simba’ (African or Aztec marigold), showing off its ray petals (more like a sunflower’s), which set it apart from standard marigolds, in the Fragrance Garden. Photo by Lee Patrick.
The Fragrance Garden
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