Brenda L. Papke Memorial Sensory Garden

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A sensory garden featuring plants with different textures, scents, sounds, and tastes is located on the library grounds bordering Oakenwold Street. The garden was created to honor Brenda Papke, founder of Children's Art Network (CAN), and her contributions to the city and the education of its children. The garden is designed for people with visual impairments, physical disabilities, and the general public. In 2007, the sensory garden was awarded first place in the Public Garden category in the Keep Virginia Green Landscape Excellence Award Program.

In 2016, students from the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences collaborated with Children’s Art Network, Staunton Public Library, Talking Book Center, Staunton Parks and Recreation, and Public Works to develop a brochure detailing the types of plants in the garden and the senses they stimulate. The students also created a scavenger hunt to educate families about the garden.