Sensory garden created to provide students with a way to relieve stress

Pooja Bhakta, Interim Editor in Chief

On Sept. 18 the Environmental Health and Safety Department, Islander Green Team and University Counseling Center teamed up to begin their stress relief garden project.

The talks of creating the garden first came into play by Lauren Snyder, a recent TAMU-CC Alumni, who pitched the idea to the University Counseling Center. The project was then handed down to Jordan Rodriguez, President of Islander Green Team, who reached out to Theresa Sharpe, the director of the University Counseling Center.

“We were replacing some of the garden beds that we already had initially at the bigger garden space on campus, and we ordered the wrong size beds, which were a little bit too small,” said Rodriguez, “We didn’t want the beds to go to waste, so we reached out to Theresa and her team and asked if this would be something they were interested in.”

Rodriguez also works for the Environmental Health and Safety Department and explained how they plan to check up on the plants on a weekly basis, “We want to hopefully have some benches out there and make it a nice study or sitting area.”

“We know that being in nature, time spent outside, can just be very therapeutic and healing,” said Theresa Sharpe. The garden has a variety of plants that appeal to different senses. “We have herbs like rosemary, mint, and Lamb’s-ear. They feel good to touch and smell, and you can break off a little piece and taste it,” continued Sharpe.

The garden is located outside of the Driftwood building. The garden beds are six ft by three ft and are made out of galvanized steel, organic soil and plants that appeal to the senses. The plants are locally transplanted from Turner’s Gardenland.