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Thu, Aug 10


Kardos Sensory Garden

Create a Soothing Sensory Garden

Experience how plants can awaken your senses and bring peace to your mind. Together, we will establish a raised bed sensory garden.

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Create a Soothing Sensory Garden
Create a Soothing Sensory Garden

Time & Location

Aug 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Kardos Sensory Garden, 307 Morningside Dr, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Grounding our bodies in our senses can bring us feelings of pleasure and regulate our nervous systems and stress levels. Come touch, smell, see and taste plants that grow easily in Iowa, that will make you smile, and can help you feel calmer.

We will learn hands-on how to grow and integrate plants to improve our state of mind and nourish our bodies. We will learn to establish a small raised bed and container sensory garden you can easily recreate at home with inexpensive, local materials.

This class is part of the Butterfly Effect Experience, hosted by the LENA Project and Oaknoll, which aims to help everyone learn about our native pollinators and actions you can help to protect them.


  •  Outdoor clothes that can get a little dirty.
  • A hat or sunglasses.
  • Your favorite pair of gardening gloves.


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Jennifer Kardos is a licensed mental health therapist and certified wellness coach. She loves to teach others through enjoyable experiences how much the outdoors and gardening can enhance the quality of their life.


307 Morningside Dr, Iowa City, IA


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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