These sensory garden ideas can help to create a mindful escape from the stresses of everyday life

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The aim of incorporating sensory garden ideas in your space is to provide an outdoor area which interacts with all five senses: sight, sound, scent, touch and taste. Engaging with what our senses are experiencing is one of the key principles of mindfulness. 

The therapeutic elements of a sensory garden can be built into your garden design regardless of the size of your space. It can help to provide a calming haven, which allows us to focus our senses and therefore our minds, promoting a sense of well-being and the feeling of being at one with nature and our surroundings.

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Mark Lane

Stannah’s gardening expert, multitalented gardening expert and author, he’s widely known for presenting BBC Morning Live and BBC Gardeners' World. Mark has earned many awards, including the ‘first garden designer in a wheelchair'.

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Sarah Raven

Sarah’s love of gardening extends to all areas, from growing cut flowers and delicious vegetables from seed, to designing stunning gardens packed full of variety, colour and scent. Always with a focus on helping the environment and biodiversity, Sarah’s gardens are havens for birds, bees and other pollinators.

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Tom Clifford

Tom has been in the garden landscaping business for more than 13 years making him an expert in garden design. He is the director of Gardenstone Limited, a garden landscaping materials company.

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Ali Wooldridge

Ali founded Gardenesque five years ago from a desire to transform her London city garden into a more artistic, rich and exotic green space. The brand grew out of the belief that every garden can be brought to life by beautiful gardenware that accentuates the natural beauty of your plants, and creates an organic extension to your home

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.