Dwarfed by giant cabbages, Micah Arnold picked a purple pansy for his mother. His teacher, Jenn Fitzhugh, crouched beside him, saying "purple" so 2-year-old Micah could repeat it. On the other side of the garden, 2-year-old Lisa McKinney poked around in the chrysanthemums.
In this garden, the two can be their own bosses, as they explore their senses around scented herbs such as mint and lemon balm, flowers such as marigolds and strawberry plants.
"We want them to touch things and just get their senses involved," Fitzhugh said.
The garden is part of the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center's early intervention programs for children with special needs such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism.
Early intervention programs seek to help these children develop their senses and motor skills at a young age, and the garden is a perfect tool for speech, occupational and physical therapies, said Leslie Hardman, an occupational therapist at Ephraim McDowell Wellness Center.