Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Writing Garden Labels

Liam touching the brailled garden labels

I am the mother of Liam, an 8-year-old boy who happens to be deafblind. He loves anything and everything to do with reading and writing braille!  Every summer we try to have some type of small garden.  Read about the accessible garden we created last year.

garden in a raised wooden box
We have a raised garden bed and also a smaller fenced off garden on the ground near the boys' playground. Last year I labeled all the plants in braille. This year I wanted Liam to add the braille to the labels himself-what a great way to continue putting those braille writing skills to practice in the summer time!  
a brailler with plastic sticks to label plants      Liam typing the labels       
Liam wrote the labels independently onto stick-backed braille label paper. (I helped with spelling of the new words.)
Liam making labels for the plants     
   pumpkin label
He insisted on applying the labels to the "sticks" himself! I was able to find plastic garden labels at the local greenhouse this year that will weather better than the wooden pieces I made last year!
Liam labeling plants in the garden           pumpkin label next to the plant
Liam also helped me stick the labels into the soil near the correct plants.

Benefits of a garden for a child with vision impairments:

Liam touching the plants

  • Hands on learning!
  • Exposure to new hobbies
  • Use of braille in a meaningful way and real life situation  
  • Motivating way to encourage writing and reading of braille 
  • Encourages independence:  labeling the garden, caring for the garden, harvesting the garden, etc.
  • Gardens can be made accessible for all children (ex: adding braille, varying the heights of the garden, including plants that have unique textures, tastes and smells, etc.)





Collage of writing braille garden labels

Posted on July 12, 2017
Updated on: February 7, 2018