Rachel Cole


Nature has a unique ability to transcend into multiple areas of life. As the Teen Department Manager at Gadsden Public Library, Rachel Cole has combined her love for education and nature’s interchangeability to create a safe and welcoming environment for Gadsden community teens.

Born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Cole has been the firesoul for the Sensory Garden for over a year. With the help of the Northeast Community Foundation and Susie Parker Stringfellow’s legacy, Rachel has been able to curate a beautiful garden for individuals of all backgrounds to enjoy.

 “I love being able to provide a tranquil and peaceful garden area for others.”

One of Nature Sacred’s important pillars is accessibility—The Sensory Garden is no exception. The Sacred Place provides fresh herbs and leafy greens to the Beautiful Rainbow Cafe which is housed in the library. It is equipped with a beautiful bench and a ‘Little Free Library’ for those who do not have a library card. Through her work, Rachel has brought her love for reading and gardening into the world.

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My Sacred Place


Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA

The Sensory Garden is an interactive space which allows for healing and thought through the enjoyment of herbs, tending to plants, and simply strengthening oneself. By healing visitors from the inside out, real lasting change can take hold.

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