A UNIQUE flower garden has opened to the public in the heart of the city.

The Sensory Garden has been installed at the Esplanade, Westquay, and promises to offer a series of different immersive experiences in Southampton.

The garden was opened on July 26 and will be running for just over two weeks.

Andy Collyer, general manager at Westquay says: “Westquay is not only a great destination for retail, dining and leisure but also for experiences that are truly unique.

“We’re excited to see this new event come to life and treat our customers to a sensory overload this summer.”

Visitors can step through the floral archways and into a summer garden in front of the historic walls at the heart of the city.

An Overgrown Greenhouse creates an immersive and unusual experience for visitors to enjoy as they are surrounded by elderflower mist.

The garden has come from Smith & Sinclair, alcohol and confectionary innovators and visitors can enjoy a drink at the gin bar which will serve tipples and mocktails.

Floral installations including‘flower beds’, bed frames dressed with blooms will bring the space alive.

Kids can let their imagination run wild in the fairy garden, complete with teepees, games and edible bubbles.

A performance pergola also features musical performances with acoustic.

Visitors will be able to take part in workshops such as floral crown making, crafts and cocktail masterclasses.

The Sensory Garden is open 11.30am – 7.30pm until August 11 and entrance is free.

It comes just months after the installation of Maze on The Esplanade which returned to the city for its second year in May.