A very generous donation from the Irving and Sarah Selis Foundation enabled White
Plains Beautification Foundation to create a garden that appeals to more than just a
person’s visual sense. White Plains resident Carol Heller, a trustee of the Irving and
Sarah Selis Foundation, recommended White Plains Beautification Foundation for the
The Sensory Garden is located in Theodore Malmud Parklet on county property on
Quarropas Street between Court Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., behind the
County Office Building. Designed for the sight-impaired, the garden features fragrant
lavender and sage to stimulate the nose, lamb’s ears to delight the sense of touch, and
rustling grasses – as well as a water feature with the soothing sound of water flowing – to
reach one’s ears. There are also butterfly bushes to attract butterflies. Nabel’s Nurseries
began planting the garden in May, 2009.
Blaine Levenson, then vice president of the White Plains Beautification Foundation,
coordinated much of the effort for the initiative, and credited WPBF board members
Brian Wallach, Jeanne Wilcox and Dorothy Chervinsky for their efforts and input in
rejuvenating the Malmud Parklet.
The park is handicap accessible.
The Sensory Garden and Fountain