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Exploring the Sensory Garden at the Louisville Nature Center with master gardener Janie Kanzler

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

The Louisville Nature Center's Sensory Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in Louisville. It hosts a wide range of flowers, trees, and plants exotic and native to Kentucky. It features many benches and areas to sit in the shade and enjoy the pond while watching for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The area is very accessible to all and provides all kinds of sensory opportunities; sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste!

The garden is maintained by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, a group who volunteers every Wednesday to take care of all the plants. Janie Kanzler, a master gardener and garden coordinator, met up with us to give us an in-depth and exclusive tour and interview, teaching us all about the plants, animals, and insects that live inside.

You can watch the full video tour of all the flowers, trees, plants, butterflies, bees, and bugs below. Also, be sure to check out the interview with Janie and learn how you can help pollinators with your own garden, as well as find out what becoming a master gardener entails.

The Sensory Garden is located directly in front of the Louisville Nature Center on Illinois Avenue near the Louisville Zoo, and is open 24 hours a day. Take an afternoon to hike the trails in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, and then take a rest and absorb your surroundings in the Sensory Garden!


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