Sensory Garden Installed at Memorial Park in Washingtonville

Washingtonville is  excited to have Phase 1 of its Sensory Garden in Washingtonville complete! Hunter Reid, from Boy Scout Troop 416, met early on with the team to discuss the vision for the garden with the ultimate goal  to create a sensory rich experience for anyone who visits the garden, an experience that you can hear, smell, see, touch, and even taste. Once he understood the vision he created a rendering of what the garden would look like and labeled each type of planting, noting what sense would be triggered.

An ADA compliant pathway will take visitors around the garden where they can taste the herbs, mint and blueberries, touch leatherleaf viburnum, burning bush and rhododendrons, see all the plantings, colors/texture contrasts, movement and pathway, smell mint, herbs, annuals/perennials, and hear the quaking aspen, ornamental grasses, bees and hummingbird activity and year-round birds.

In Phase 2 of the Sensory Garden, the Greater Washingtonville Lions Club will be adding musical instruments and the personalized paver walkway nearby. While  waiting for the state grants to come through for the playground equipment the group is still fundraising through recycling, general donations, corporate grants, and brick donations.

Musical instruments and a Walkway will be coming soon. Engraved bricks to support the project can be ordered at

Many peple contributed to this project, and thanks were given to: The Village of Washingtonville Mayor Bucco and Board of Trustees, Village of Washingtonville DPW, Lowe’s Home Improvement in Newburgh, Manza Family Farm in Middletown for donating the Quaking Aspen, Nannini & Callahan in Cornwall for donating and delivering the pathway material, Celina Rofer- Real Estate Associate Broker for donating topsoil, Michael Hofknecht from Landscape Structures Inc. for making the trip to oversee Day 1 planning, Hunter’s parents and siblings, Uncle Frank, extended family members and close friends for supporting Hunter and the project and putting in the time to make this dream a reality and to Hunter for choosing this for his Eagle Scout Project.

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