Gardening and Horticulture

Gardening is a satisfying way to connect with the out-of-doors, relax, and grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers for the home. Gardeners who are blind or visually impaired will find horticultural advice, encouragement, and a wealth of practical tips for enjoying this popular hobby.
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Gardening Tips and Techniques

Explore techniques for gardeners who are blind or visually impaired.
How to make a simple garden accessible for kids who are visually impaired along with tips for books to read with your child about gardening.
Sensory Sun
Apple picking is a seasonal sensory experience that can be fun for kids of all abilities!
Oregon State University Extension Service
Methods and techniques that make gardening simpler for those with a visual impairment. Topics include design, seedlings, tools, and maintenance (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Braille Monitor, February 2006
Pat Munson shares her experiences as gardener who is blind.
Tips and comprehensive advice for gardeners who have experienced vision loss. Explore information about digging, wedding, mowing, trimming, and everything related to productive and enjoyable gardening.
Washington State University Master Gardeners, Spokane County
This 96-page publication has sections on design, safety, garden warm-up exercises, adaptive tools and devices, strategies for the visually impaired, and additional resources (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Kent Association for the Blind
Advice for making your garden safe and accessible after experiencing vision loss.
Suggestions for mulching, marking rows, plant selection, and more.
Herb Companion
JoAnn Gardner describes the benefits of gardening: connecting with nature, relaxation, and the satisfaction of growing food and herbs

Container Gardening

Hadley School for the Blind
This online course covers planning, establishing, and caring for a container garden. Hadley courses are free to English speakers with a visual impairment, regardless of country of residence.
Detailed information on container gardening, including labeling tips and selection of soil and containers; includes a list of plants that grow well in containers.

Fragrance and Sensory Gardens

Gardening Know How
How to create an easily navigated garden of sensory delights for people who are visually impaired..