The Delta Centre was established in 1990 as an adult centre for people with intellectual disabilities. The centre is now a major employer in Carlow town and caters for about 120 adults with disabilities. The Delta Sensory Gardens which were officially opened in 2007 were the first of their kind in Ireland, set up as a therapeutic focus and benefit for the centres own people with disabilities and local/national groups. Set on 2.5 acres it is now a major attraction in Carlow for local, national and international visitors.
These beautiful gardens have come about with help and dedication of some of Ireland’s leading garden designers, such as Gordon Ledbetter, Mary Reynolds, Rachel Doyle, Elma Fenton and Paul Martin and are laid out in a series of 20 interconnecting multi-sensory gardens, including the Celtic Walk, the formal Rose Garden, the Five Senses Garden, the Circle of Life and the Stolen Child Garden. It offers visitors of all age groups a unique opportunity to rest and indulge their senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and visual delight with something at all times of the year. The theme of each of the gardens celebrates the use of natural elements such as stone, water and wonderful foliage and plants.
The feedback and comments from visitors speaks for itself:
“An absolute delight to experience such variety, a thrill to all the senses, peace, tranquillity and inspiration”
“Delighted to see all the various elements of nature made so accessible for people of all abilities”
Delta Centre hosts many popular events throughout the year, please visit or sensory gardens website www.deltasensorygardens.com for more details.
New Coffee Shop/Craft Area and Garden Display expected opening May 2015, watch our web site for more details.