The Sensory Garden was opened in the summer of 2000, with raised beds that gave disabled people a better opportunity to study the plants growing here.
The paths between the beds allow wheelchair-users to move unhindered throughout the area. All the beds were originally constructed as raised beds with clear labelling that included braille-text for the blind.
The beds in this area of the garden, which includes The Medicinal and Culinary Herb Garden and The Sensory Garden, are numbered; most of the 13 beds comprising The Sensory Garden itself, starting with bed number 26, were planted originally with 2-5 bushes in the middle surrounded by 5 different types of herbaceous plant. Each bed had its own colour theme – with occasional contrasting colours. Bulbous or tuberous plants were also planted in all of the beds. Cultivars were chosen according to the desired effect to be experienced when close to the plant: for example, leaf and flower colour and scent, or the overall structure of the plant or its individual leaves (i.e., soft, hard, prickly, hairy, etc.).
The labels on the beds were designed to be grey-black with a white text making them easy to read. These labels provided information such as the bed- and plant-number, Latin and Danish name, special characteristics, and the country of origin of the plant if it was a wild species. If the plant was a cultivar, there was no country of origin noted. Braille-text was written on the reverse-side of each label with the same information about each plant.