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A ‘calming place’ takes shape in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Lisa Bierdeman works to dig a hole for a plant while helping her mother Brenda Bierdeman create a sensory garden on Platt Street in Albion. The two spent part of Memorial Day on the project.

Bierdeman is a licensed clinical psychologist who works out of 27 South Platt St. She acquired the vacant lot next door and has been cleaning it up, and adding flowers, plants and small trees. She will include a balance beam at ground level, a slide and a bridge over a rock garden.

The garden is designed for children with autism and other sensory disorders.

“It will be a place that is really calming,” Bierdeman said.

Her daughter is a University at Buffalo doctoral student in physical therapy.