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Enabling Garden

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator • (360) 428-4270 ext. 227

One of our most popular gardens in our Discovery Garden is our Enabling Garden. The Master Gardeners have had many requests for plans or suggestions for “how to do this at home.”

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Click here for a link to a great article titled “Ergonomic Tools & Methods” by a Master Gardener that was published in the Skagit Valley Herald.

“Gardening for Life” is a great resource for senior gardeners and gardeners with disabilities. Click here to download a free PDF copy. Or click here to purchase a copy from WSU Extension Publications.





Discovery Garden’s Enabling Garden Plans

These plans are for building permanent structures for a public garden, such as the Discovery Garden. Another option for home owners is to purchase a raised bed garden kit, available at garden centers.

Click on the pictures to access the plans for each garden.


Lattice Garden

This 8′ x 4′ x 1′ bed with lattice down the center provides two easily reachable sections. The lattice can support perennials or vegetables.




Sitting Ledge

This 8′ x 4′ x 2′ bed with a sitting ledge along the sides provides a comforatable working height, especially for bad backs and an easy reach from each side.




Visually Impaired Garden

This 8′ x 4′ x 33″ table-bed is designed for wheelchairs to fit under. The planting design is to assist the visually impaired to locate the central focus of interest. Extremely colorful plants should be fragrant and/or textured.




Wheelchair and Walker Garden

This 8′ x 4′ x 33″ table is designed for easy wheelchair accessibility and walker stability. All areas are easily reached by the three indented working spaces.



LogSidesLog Sides

This 8′ by 4′ x 18″ bed can be constructed to any comfortable height. The logs are fastened together with rebar. For a greenhouse cover use 1/2″ PVC pipe as as shown in picture.



SquareFootRaisedSquare Foot Raised Garden

This 8′ x 4′ x 2′ bed is divided into 1′ sections for intensive, continual harvest planting which limits wedding, thinning and most physical exertion. The garden can easily be managed with a trowel.