A Bendigo TAFE sensory garden that was on show at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show has returned to Bendigo for the Easter weekend.
TAFE students, in partnership with Guide Dogs Victoria, designed and constructed the garden for people who were blind or vision impaired.
All of the plants, herbs, and flowers in the display have been chosen for the way they stimulate senses other than sight.
Food and fibre education manager at Bendigo TAFE Abbie Place said the Bendigo TAFE students really embraced the challenge.
"I love the fact that it was Guide Dogs Victoria so the students have been able to develop skills around empathy and insight to vision impaired individuals," Ms Place said.
"They have been involved literally from the ground up - from concept to execution - and that was very rewarding.
"The fact that they've been involved with the larger event at the MIFGS was also a great experience for them."
Bendigo TAFE IT teacher Tristan Coote is legally blind. He said the garden allowed people to "absorb nature" through senses other than sight.
"I have a little bit of sight but I heavily rely on senses like smell, touch and things like that," he said. "I don't appreciate gardens a lot because not all plants give off smells.
"But you walk into this garden and you can just smell it. It smells beautiful."
"Just by being able to smell all these plants, it gives you a greater appreciation of the garden but it's also good for mental health because when you have a sight impairment, stress is a big factor."
Bendigo TAFE building and construction students have also created a Cubby House which will be raffled off on April 29.
All of the proceeds will go towards the development and training of Guide Dog puppies. Tickets are available for purchase at raffletix.com.au/?ref=8rcky
The sensory garden will be on show at the Conservatory at Rosalind Park throughout the weekend.
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