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Nation's Best Gardens for the Blind (from The Herb Companion, February 2007)

Betty Ott Talking Garden for the Blind
Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
750 E. 88 St.
Cleveland, OH 44108
(216) 664-3103
Recorded messages at the entrance and at intervals along walkways guide visitors through the garden. At the bronze sculpture of Helen Keller kneeling at a water pump, visitors can operate the pump and feel water run over her hand.

Elizabethan Herb Garden at Mellon Park
Fifth Ave. at Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 341-8014
Designed and maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Unit of The Herb Society of America (HSA), the garden was not designed for the blind, but garden chair Liz DePiero has installed large print and Braille signs throughout. The garden features culinary, fragrant, Shakespearean and Lewis & Clark beds. Liz hosts tours for the blind (and their guide dogs).

Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden
7637 N. 55th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Especially designed for the blind and nearly blind, the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden features a bronzed map at the entrance that helps visitors visualize what the park looks and feels like. There are four miniature themed parks, a water feature and low stone benches.

Ethel L. Dupar Fragrance Garden
C/O Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
2501 S. Plum St.
Seattle, WA 98114
(206) 436-2116
After decades of neglect, the Ethel L. Dupar Fragrance Garden is being restored to its former beauty. It features hardy fragrant blossoms, herbs and spices, raised beds and a sunken garden. The garden needs plants and volunteers. Contact Melissa Mueller.

Garden of Exploration at the Arkansas School for the Blind
P.O. Box 668
Little Rock, AR 72202
Contact Cynthia Fontcuberta

Maintained since 1969 by the Arkansas Unit of the HSA, the Garden of Exploration features scented, textured and culinary plants, as well as brightly colored flowers (marigolds, zinnias, coreposis) for those with some sight.

J.R. Curtis Jr. Memorial Garden
100 Grand Blvd.
Longview, TX 75606
(903) 237-1230
This garden hopes to create a space in which learning and recreation come together to form a healing environment. Features include a pond with a perpetual fountain, butterfly garden and statuary.

Martha Franck Fragrance Garden Morehead School for the Blind
303 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 733-6382
Maintained by the Garden Club of North Carolina, the Martha Franck Fragrance Garden features a statue of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing for the blind. The details of the raised sculpture are easy to interpret by touch and the inscription is written in Braille. Contact Dennis Thurman.