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Selvi Viswanathan is a proud nature enthusiast. Her house on Barranca Mesa is decorated with several gardens and is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
She has won several awards for her gardens through the Los Alamos Garden Club. Her butterfly garden and bird garden won first place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The butterfly garden was planted in honor of her mother. She also has a hummingbird garden in memory of her only sister.
She achieved certification in 1995.
Viswanathan has recently developed a sensory garden, which has five different planters with plants and flowers that each represents the five senses.
For the sight planter, there are several brightly colored flowers. Sound has a waterfall fountain. Touch consists of plants with texture, such as a cactus and a plant soft, fuzzy leaves. Taste has planted spices and herbs. Smell has sweet scented flowers.
Viswanathan said she hopes her 5-year-old grandson will enjoy the garden and learn from it.
She came up with the idea after attending the Demonstration garden, she said. “We had cut down three Piñon trees which were not looking good and also (the garden) needed more sun. So this area seemed like a perfect fit for the sensory garden,” Viswanathan said.
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