Now that it has warmed up, I’m thinking of my garden again. My husband keeps reminding me that it desperately needs weeding. My old neighbor taught me this trick of sliding an old paring knife to the taproot. It works better than the weeding tool I used to use.
Still, I’d rather think about fantasy garden play spaces for kids and adults than about all those weeds!
My fantasy started when I saw this sideshow from Dwell that made me drool about garden play spaces for kids. They suggest adding hills, stumps, boulders, dens, gates to nowhere, and loose extra materials to make the most awesome garden for kid-sized adventures.
We are going to get rid of a tree to get more sunlight into our dark backyard. I’ll have to remember to get someone to slice disks for playing with. An old stump as a holder would be amazing too!
At Home with Ali used Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Secret Garden as inspiration to create a little oasis. She’s right. You only need a small carved out space for a secret hideaway!
Living dens or tepees are part of my fantasy! Patti’s Nursery School combines pole beans that need trellising with a hidden play area. Now that is practical and fun!
I’d include garden and patio furniture to create a distinct garden room. It would be a nice place to relax while watching the kids play.
Image from Traditional Home
Image from Pam Penick’s actual garden
Is my fantasy inspiring you to rethink your garden space or remind you of your weeds? I hope it’s a garden room or play space! As for me, I’m off to weed! And dream!
p.s. Here’s the perfect picture book to inspire a hideaway in a garden!
Hideaway by Melania Longo, illustrated by Alessandro Sanna
A hideaway woven out of branches in a garden or a fort made of blankets? Are these not the perfect retreats for children or adults? In this charming picture book, an older sister and her little brother create a magical retreat for year-round adventures. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
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