Sensory Garden - St. Laurence's School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

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History of St Laurence's

On 20th June 2013, St. Laurence's celebrated the 23 years of voluntary service given by Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. John Markham. Speaking on the night of its unveiling, Charlotte Byrne, one of the Parent Representatives on the Board of Management said;

"It's very hard to buy a present for some people, but to buy a present worthy of saying thank you for 23 years of voluntary service felt impossible. This was the dilemma the Board of Management found themselves in until the teachers came up with a genius solution - a Sensory Garden. However creating a garden for a gardener was a bit like drawing a picture for an artist. Fortunately we were saved by the skill and knowledge of a Horticulturalist called Kata Soltész, who has cared for some the children in the school for many years.

The idea of a sensory garden is to display plants that appeal to the five senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Some examples in this new garden include;

- Poenie and Lily
- The grasses make sound as they blow in the wind
- Lavender and Lily of the Valley
- Thyme, rosemary and mint
- Lambs ear

Along with these are a number of plants added for pure aesthetic reasons - Weeping Willow and the Acer, they are taller than the rest, and some plants were included to attract bees to support the ecosystem."

Mrs. Mary Markham joined members of the Board of Management, staff and parents on the evening to cut the ribbon and officially open the garden.

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