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Five Senses Garden, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Perhaps one of the last places you would expect to find a beautiful public garden would be in an industrial zone, near a prison and a mile from a large shopping centre. But that's exactly where the Five Senses Garden in south-central Pennsylvania is located. It is truly an oasis of peace and beauty in an otherwise soulless, urban desert.
It is so hidden away that most locals don't know about it. However, for those in the know, it is an almost Zen-like place of retreat.
Winding, twisting paths connect the five small gardens together. Each of the small gardens is devoted to a particular human sense - sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Small benches in the midst of each garden allow visitors to indulge themselves - one sense at a time.
Private donors sponsor each garden with the exception of the smell and taste gardens and volunteers maintain all five gardens.
Located along state route 441, the garden connects with the Capital Area Greenbelt - a 20-mile path connecting all of the parks in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Parking is available on the opposite side of the road. The garden is open to the public during daylight hours and admission is free.
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