“The essential is invisible for the eyes.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.
Smell, touch, listen with your eyes closed! The Courtyard of the Senses lets visitors discover a garden with all senses other than sight. They will be encouraged to smell, touch and listen, preferably with their eyes closed! The 500 m2 space is intended for visually impaired visitors, but also for everyone interested in seeing a garden in a new way. It is divided into four sections, each of them featuring carefully selected plants allowing visitors to explore different sensations, from soft to rough, prickly and sticky.
At the heart of the Courtyard is a fountain, producing soothing sounds and serving as an audible reference point. With all the plants laid out within touching or smelling distance, and its information panels in French, English and Braille, this easily accessible garden is sure to be a favourite with visually impaired visitors.
A different visitor experience
Starting June 24, our team offers visitors the chance to be guided through the Courtyard of the Senses. You can therefore explore the Courtyard blindfolded, or do a taste test to choose your favourite sweet treat.
Stroke a lamb’s ear, defy the laws of buoyancy, hear the sound of paper, smell peanut butter and leave wearing a botanical heart on your chest. These are just a few examples of the amazing properties of the plants in the Courtyard of the Senses.
Video credits: Espace pour la vie (Laurent Samson)