Accessible garden

Architect-designed wheelchair accessible garden with raised beds at various heights

Garden with raised beds
Garden with raised beds

Description
A landscape architect planned the garden. It has raised beds, planted beds at ground level and containers. The garden even has a pond and a chicken house. A wooden deck and paths ensure accessibility.

Users comments
The design and raised beds make this garden special. The user loves his garden. It feels like a continuation of the house; it is barrier-free.
The user was involved with the book ‘Möjligheternas trädgård’ (‘Garden of Possibilities’), published by the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology, and the Swedish Radio (the book is available in Swedish libraries, last checked June 2017). As thanks he was put in contact with landscape architect Ulf Nordfjäll who designed the garden for him.
The user can reach all of the beds but he mainly takes care of the raised beds and his wife deals with the beds at ground level.
He followed the landscape architect’s advice and brought in 30-40 cm of high-quality topsoil for the entire garden. They have not regretted doing so for a moment.

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
Ulf Nordfjäll, landscape architect

Editors comments
‘Land Højbede’ landhojbede.dk/butik/index.php?action=special-hojbede in Danmark sells mobile raised beds on wheels (last checked May 2011).

This tip is from 2006

Garden with pond
Garden with pond
Garden with wooden deck
Garden with wooden deck
Raised bed (close-up)
Raised bed (close-up)

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Tipsare: Lars

Lars lives togeher with his wife in a house in the countryside. He is working part time. Since 1967 he has a high paraplegia. He does not need any assistance.