Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has created a unique, barrier-free garden where visitors of all abilities can experience nature. It is designed with wide pathways that can be negotiated by wheelchairs and raised flower beds that encourage the use of all five senses— touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. Although the design of the Sensory Garden addresses the needs of visitors with challenges, it also provides volunteer and educational opportunities for the general public. The “learning circle” is a place for quiet contemplation and can also be the setting for educational gatherings.
Laurelwood Arboretum is one of very few public parks in the area that features a space designed specifically for children and adults who are visually, physically or emotionally challenged. This special place was funded by the Passaic County Open Space Commission, the Lions Clubs of Wayne and West Milford, Wayne Township, and FOLA. All the planning and planting was done by volunteers. The garden is recreated anew each year and maintained by the horticultural staff and FOLA volunteers.