Fragrant flowers in the desert

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24 Aug 2015

Residents at Amana Living Edward Collick Home in Kalgoorlie have a new sensory garden to enjoy. 

Sensory gardens are designed to increase awareness of sensory input, and have a therapeutic effect for those living with dementia. 

The area was transformed over two years from red dirt to lush garden with fruit trees and a vegie patch. The main driver behind the project was Centre Operations Manager Barbara Foggin, who has managed the home for eight years. 

“Barbara worked tirelessly for her dream, which was to have an area where residents could walk in a beautiful and safe garden environment,” said Amana Living Operations Manager Lee Burwood. 

A number of local organisations pitched in to help. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines was the major sponsor, donating $10,000 along with volunteer labour. 

Volunteer work was also provided by the Kalgoorlie- Boulder Urban Landcare Group, which contributed plants too. 

A bird cage and seating area were donated by the Kalgoorlie Lions Club and Inner Wheel Club.