Industry-leading landscape and snow services company designs and installs a sensory and healing garden for Colorado's oldest nonprofit organization
Over a span of three days, more than 25 BrightView volunteers worked to design and install a sensory and healing garden for the Denver Children’s Home (DCH), an organization that restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational, and community-based services.
The garden was previously an empty piece of land across the street from a school, but now features outdoor seating, touch-friendly plants, and designated spaces for artwork that children and staff can enjoy. DCH was looking to transform a vacant space into a relaxing and interactive environment next to an outdoor classroom. The rest, including the design and direction, was completely up to BrightView’s team.
“I have always had an interest in sensory gardens, so being able to design one and now see the resulting impact it has on these children is very rewarding,” said Leigh DuFresne, Landscape Designer at BrightView.
DuFresne focused on including different textures and colors in the design to bring the area to life and create a unique, touchable garden.
BrightView teams from across Denver worked together to get all materials donated and split the project into three phases with each branch responsible for different steps in the process. BrightView's Denver South team did the demolition and installed boulders, Denver West installed flagstone and pathways, Denver East installed the plants and mulch, and Denver North helped with all three phases.
In total, the teams installed 10 tons of Crusher Fines Breeze, flagstone, mulch, 230 perennials, 10 trees, and 13 shrubs. The Denver East team also has added the garden to its weekly maintenance schedule.
BrightView and DCH took part in a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 12 and will work together to make sure the new garden continues to thrive and help DCH better serve children in need of assistance programs.
“Everybody involved has been very excited to lend our expertise and to make an impact for these kids and families,” DuFresne said.
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