Garden for the disabled By mary IRIS robbins

Mind map

Research plan

In this article it explains different ways to make a garden safe for the disabled and the elderly. Some of these safety procautions are making the path slip proof, having gradual ramps instead of steps, wide paths for wheelchairs, gradual corners, handrails and lighted pathways. I found this article very useful because it helped me solve some of the issues I thought of.

In this article it mainly gives ideas of what to include or to change for the needs of different disabilities. For example for people that have no sight or hardly any to make sure to include fragrance, textured leaves and a preponderance of golden foliage and white or very pale coloured flowers for maximum visibility. For people in wheelchairs and back issues he suggested to make raised flower beds, raised ponds and wide paths and patios. I found this article very useful because I would have never thought of these ideas on my own.

This website showed me the most fragrant flowers I could use for my garden. This source also had pictures of all the flowers which was very useful. I found out that I will be using the flowers Southern Magnolia, Iris, gardenia, Nicotiana, honeysuckle, lavender, Oriental Lily, Sweet Alyssum, Moonflower, Dianthus, Lilac, Roses and Sweet peas.

These websites show the edible plants I can grow for the cafe. I found out that I will grow the herbs mint, basil, coriander, lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme, lemon grass, chives, parsley and dill. I will also plant some flowers used for tea such as camomile, roses, lavender, tea leaves, mint, lemon balm and fennel. I will also plant fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, beans, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, asparagus, lettuce, apples, orange, lemon, lime, avocado, plums, pears, eggplants, raspberry, blackberry, cucumber and broccoli.

Mood board

Designs

Survey

All of the following gardens would contain a section with tables, seeds, dirt, pots and water to interact with and lets each person take one home. Through all the gardens there would be a place to sit down and have access to free water. The gardens would also have optional guides to take people around the garden.

Aesthetics: The garden is good for all the senses and the most impressive in comparison to all of my designs.

Cost: NA

Customer: This garden would be very good for the customere. I think that the enjoyment aspect would be perfect and the best out of all of the garden designs.

Environment: Since this is a garden it will always be good for the environment.

Size: This garden would be very large and the largest design. I think I would make the garden smaller if I choose to use it.

Safety: If I were to actually make this garden I would definitely add more safety features to the garden. Even though the garden is pretty safe it is the least safe of all my designs.

Function: The function of the garden is to entertain people who may have disabilities I did this by making all aspects stand out.

Aesthetics: The aesthetics are my second favourite on this design.

Cost: NA

Customer: My customer would mainly be for people with disabilities but it would have to be enjoyable for people who don't have disabilities too. This garden would be a very enjoyable environment for anyone but, I would add more flowers and textured sculpture to enprove the visitors experience.

Environment: Since this is a garden it will always be good for the environment.

Size: This garden would be large and only a little bit smaller than the first design.

Safety: This garden is very safe I don't think I would need to alter anything to do with it on this garden design.

Function: The function of the garden is to entertain people who may have disabilities I did this by making all aspects stand out.

Aesthetics: This garden is the least aesthetically impressive interms of touch and sight. But, the most impressive in terms of organisation of flowers.

Cost: NA

Customer: My customer would mainly be for people with disabilities but it would have to be enjoyable for people who don't have disabilities too.

Environment: Since this is a garden it will always be good for the environment.

Size: This garden would be the smallest because, it is only the size of an average public garden.

Safety: This garden is very safe I don't think I would need to alter anything to do with it on this garden design.

Function: The function of the garden is to entertain people who may have disabilities I did this by making all aspects stand out.

Aesthetics: The aesthetics are ok for this garden but, not as impressive as I would want.

Cost: NA

Customer: My customer would mainly be for people with disabilities but, it would have to be enjoyable for people who don't have disabilities too. The cafes food would be really nice for people mainly because of the use of fresh food, non expensive and delicious food. To inprove this garden design I would add brail signs with English to describe what kind of plants there are and direction signs.

Environment: Since this is a garden it will always be good for the environment.

Size: This garden would be around the size of one and a half of an average public garden.

Safety: This garden is very safe I don't think I would need to alter anything to do with it on this garden design.

Function: The function of the garden is to entertain people who may have disabilities I did this by making all aspects stand out.

I chose to use this garden design.

Prosses log

First I drew the design on a peice of cardboard.

Time: 1 hour

Equipment: a pencil, protector, ruler and a peice of cardboard

Health and safety: there is nothing that could hurt you in this process

Quality control: I made sure to use a compass to make circles and a ruler to make straight edges

Changes to the plan: at this point in the process I made no changes to the plan

Then I painted the piece of cardboard. To make the paths textured I mixed grey paint with sand.

Time: 3 hours because I made some mistakes.

Equipment: paint, sand and paint brushes

Health and safety: the paint is hard to get out of clothes.

Quality control: I had to paint inside the lines I drew previously.

Changes to plan: I made none at this point.

Action/Quality Control: Finally I made the model 3D by hot glueing bunched up tissue paper in the areas I would have plants/flowers. For the tree trunks I decided to use wood that I had to cut down to the appropriate length and I also sanded down the edges. For the tree's leaves I hot glued green tissue paper to the top then I hot glued the complete trees where I wanted them. For the benches I used popsicle sticks that I cut to the appropriate size, sanded them so they had curved edges and then used hot glue to assemble them. For the base of the bridges I used paper towel's cardboard rolls that I cut the to the right side and then I bent them so that they would be curved and hot glued them to the areas I needed them. For the small bridges handle I used rolled tissue paper that I hot glued to the edges of it. For the large bridges handles I cut wood to fit then I hot glued it to the edges of the bridge.

Equipment: small saw, wood, popsicle sticks, hot glued, tissue paper, paper towel roll and scissors

Health and safety: The hot glue gun can burn you. The saw and scissors can cut you.

Time: 6 hours

Changes to plan: I disided to change the sections of the garden into an animal sanctuary, an edible garden, a flower garden and a sculpture garden. I also added bushes instead of railing around the water.

Survey

Through this survey I have concluded that the magority of people enjoyed and agreed with my ideas. If I did actually build this garden I would definitely add a car park as someone suggested. Besides this I would do it exactly the way I did my 3D model.

Specification check

Aesthetics: I made it appealing for all the senses. For example I have animals and water for sound, flowers, water and sculptures for sight, sculptures, and a area to plant plants for touch, food for taste and flowers for smell.

Cost: NA

Customer: The garden would be suitable for people without disabilities and people with a range of disabilities. These include all of the above as well as textured pathways, railing on the bridges, bushes blocking the water and staff to assist them around the garden.

Environment: The garden is very good for the environment as well as the cafe because the magority of the food will come from the garden which is sustainable and produces less waist.

Size: The garden would be very large as my model is only the middle portion of it. I chose to make it this size so that it does not feel over crowded.

Safety: I mentioned all of the safety procations in the customer.

Function: This garden would serve as entertainment as well as being a place where people that are alike can join as a community.

Matierials: I would like to use recycled materials for building as it is cheaper and environmentally friendly. I would also use herbs, trees, highly scented flowers and bushes.

Summary

I found that my product was very successful after I got the answers back for my survey. I worked very successfully in class because I was constantly working. I made a few mistakes with my model which did slow me down in class.

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