Thursday, 21 August 2014

A child's garden - Ideas from RHS Tatton

planted up child's toy Whilst at the flower show at Tatton Park I saw a lot of ideas for children's gardens to make them colourful and fun so here is a round up of what I saw. 
Firstly, using old play equipment to plant things in like this mini tractor with nasturtiums. Maybe when Little Bird's old Cosy Coupe has weathered another winter we will use it to plant flowers in as a quirky display in the springtime.quirky garden ideas for children A bit of Narnia here with an old wardrobe decorated, some fairy lights and there were rows of white plant pots. Got me thinking about creating a theme to the garden next year. LB's preschool had a Frozen themed area of their huge garden and it was really cute and used lots of sparkly Christmas decorations. 
Or maybe a little village for the small folk or paint up some old bricks to liven a dull area up. We always seem to have stacks of bricks down the side of the house so being arty with them would used them up, maybe to line a plant bed with. girl scarecrow Junk and scarecrows, this is my style.aeroplane feature wall colourful sensory garden
One of my favourite garden was the children's sensory garden with plenty of colourful planters and flowers mixed with vegetables. I love the outdoor xylophone although I know that they cost a LOT of money! The plants that they used were ones which encourage the senses such as grasses like Carex, herbs such as Rosemary and of course wonderful smelling Lavender. Yummy things to eat were included such as tomatoes, strawberries and carrots. The designer was Janet Leigh and there are some really good ideas for schools and especially special schools could look to when designing outside spaces. 
sensory garden The garden won Silver Gilt and it's no surprise why. So imaginative. I love the sensory panels on the wall that you can see above, I think it would be easy to make a homemade version of these. The perspex is a super idea too. Little Bird loves looking through coloured perspex paddles so would enjoy these. We might have a go at spray painting coloured circles onto the pathway too. 
sensory garden at RHS Tatton 2014 Then onto the Eric Carle garden **squeal** at the colourful cuteness of this one. Love the plant pots that could easily be copied at home - spray painted white and then paint big circles onto it. Check out the sweet stepping stones although they look pretty creative - above my skills.The Hungry Caterpillar garden Eric Carle garden Alice in Wonderland stepping stones Woollen spiders webs - I could do this. More painted paving stones, this time in an Alice in Wonderland theme. I'd like a little sandy patch too in the garden and could make little camels I'm sure. LB could help paint them.cobweb made with wool Every garden needs a hobbit house. I would absolute love a hobbit garden, if I were rich I'd have one of those fancy ones made like this.Hobbit hole Jolly plastic bottle fishes but they need cane toppers to make them safe. plastic bottle fish colourful rosettes One of my favourites was the Stig of the Dump garden complete with Stig den decorated with broken wheels, rusty garden tools, pieces of hosepipe and old Wellington boots. I could hide in there with my morning cup of coffee. using junk in the garden for decoration Stig of the Dump den in the gardenBack with Mammasaurus for How Does Your Garden Grow?

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11 comments:

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Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

Oh wow, so many fabulous ideas! I love that tractor planter at the top, and the bright and colourful sensory garden.

Redpeffer said...

I like the idea of recycling materials in the garden, something I've started trying out myself. Loads of inspiration here, I especially like the painted paving stones-we have some broken ones that I want to use up in some way and painting them would be perfect.

Annie@SuffolkPebbles said...

gosh - wishing I was a child again! So much to inspire young minds x

Gemma Garner said...

Lots of lovely things for kids. I'd actually like to do most of these activities, they look fun, haha!

Kriss MacDonald said...

So many inspiring ideas from these gardens on adding imaginative and sensory areas to one's own bit of land to make it even more fun for kids.

lilmuselily said...

oh wow!!!! so many awesome ideas!! and colors!! love the sensory garden idea. when we were just in wv we visited a daycare's veggie garden and they had one there. such great inspiration

Katie R said...

So colourful! That fish is awesome. I must remember that one!

Southbourne Gardens said...

What a wonderful space. I was at Tatton but missed this completely. Definitely need to allow more time next year.

76 sunflowers said...

How fantastic! I love the Carle garden and sensory area - would love those at school! :)

Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! said...

These look amazing. I must try and visit an RHS show. Tatton is too far but maybe one of the others #HDYGG

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