SOMERSET, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Garden staff welcome visitors to an interesting & educational event on Saturday, August 3, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the Colonial Park Fragrance & Sensory Garden. 
Visitors enjoy a tour of the garden at 11:00 A.M. led by Colonial Park Gardens staff. At noon, Lesley Parness, gardening educator, will demonstrate ways to capture and enjoy the taste, feel, and scent of fragrant herbs. 

Participants will learn how to make herbal vinegars, sugars, and salts from the garden to the kitchen table and watch as simple facial tonics, herbal spirits, and a refreshing foot bath are created.  Easy to re-create instructions and recipes will be available to take home as you begin gathering the garden’s bounty to enjoy all year long.

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Admission is free and donations are appreciated.  For information, please call 908 722-1200 ext. 5721 or visit 

The Fragrance and Sensory Garden is located at the western portion of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. Designed to be of special interest to visitors who are visually or physically impaired, the garden demonstrates how plants can appeal to all of the senses.

The sunken garden is surrounded by a stone wall and raised beds, enabling visitors to easily reach out and touch the plants. The stone capping at the top of the wall will guide the visually impaired. Many of the herbs are identified with printed labels as well as Braille.
Popular with adults and children for its interactive nature, visitors are invited to touch and smell the herbs. Culinary and fragrant herbs including basils, mints, and geraniums are displayed within reach. The fragrances of lavender, daphne, and sweet autumn clematis perfume the air.

Textured plants such as the rubbery sedum, spiky blue fescue, and downy lamb’s ear delight the sense of touch. Behind the herbs is a backdrop of annuals and perennials that provide color throughout the season.