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Picture yourself in a garden on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon. Perhaps you immediately think of seeing the brilliantly colored flowers or leaning in to catch a whiff of their fragrance. But what about your other senses-taste, touch and hearing?

A sensory garden is designed to engage all five of your senses. In addition to flowers and plants to see and smell, you might also find rough rocks or soft leaves to touch and pungent herbs or even tomatoes to taste. The sound of water, wind or even musical instruments might also come, literally, into play.

Worthington Libraries is planting a sensory garden at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, next spring, and your help is needed. What do you think belongs in the garden?

Two sessions of the program How Should Our Garden Grow are scheduled this week. Join us to share your ideas about what you'd like to see, hear, smell, touch and taste in our garden. To rev up your imagination, we'll outline some of the sensory features that might be included.

A field trip outside the library building is also planned to look at potential locations for the garden. Refreshments will be served.

Throughout its planting and into the future, the garden will be used for library programs about nature, science, the senses and more. Patrons of all ages and abilities will be able to learn and relax there. We'd also like it to be a friendly place for critters like caterpillars and birds.

Garden lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend How Should Our Garden Grow on either Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. or Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Both sessions, which will be held at Northwest Library, are the same, so you need only attend one. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Meredith Southard at 614-807-2626.

Meredith Southard is an adult services librarian for Worthington Libraries.