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Fantasy Garden Play Spaces for Kids and Adults

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 tap root. 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 holder would be amazing too!

Dwell kids garden spaces

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images from Dwell

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!

a secret garden for kids

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!

play teepees in garden

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

outdoor living roomImage 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!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Just for a moment I thought about weeding but the moment I looked at the photos every little idea about my garden space sprung up. Great Ideas you have here.

  2. Weeding is not one of my favorite things! That is why my garden consists mostly of perennials that more or less take care of themselves. I love the idea of tree stumps used as steppingstones.

  3. I don’t like weeding either! We are very lucky to have beautiful trees in our yard that really set the scene for imaginative play!
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  4. Artchoo

    Drooling is right. I especially love the little secret areas- and it seems like it really wouldn’t be all that hard to fashion a couple around the yard from different things. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to get to weeding as well. Ew.
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  5. thanks for the truly dreamy post. Oh these pictures and ideas are just wonderful. One day (hopefully soon) when we are grand parents, I hope to use a few of these ideas in our yard. Also thinking how we could integrate garden play onto our preschool play ground. thanks!
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  6. Oh weeding is easy here. My husband just takes the lawn mower and mows it all down. Now if only if he would finish all that weeding already…they’ve gotten real high and refuses to hire someone to do the “weeding”. Keeps saying he’s going to finish it up. In the meantime we can make our own play spaces between the weeds.

    By the way when you have them cut down your tree just ask them to cut the stumps for you around a certain height and to leave them for you, they will be happy to not have to drag them away. (we’ve done that)
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  7. Great timing – I’m reading (and about to review) a lovely book on gardening by Fran Sorin and am getting inspiration and actually making a plan instead of just throwing stuff into the ground!
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  8. Renee C.

    Ooh, I’m feeling inspired. I really like the idea of the pole bean tepee – then the kids can snack on beans while they have a pow-wow! It’s brilliant! Thanks for sharing these pictures – so many great ideas.
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  9. Aww, so cute! I LOVE the briars (I think that’s what they are). I would have been in absolute heaven inside a little space like that as a kid.

  10. Alexandra

    Great inspiration! A secret hide-away…I used to have many of them as a kid, we lived in a big, old house of my nana’s and the garden was just incredible. Now, when we are in PL, we spend a lot of time in my parents’ house, which is in a forest so the kids can enjoy a little different type of nature as I did, but they still seem to love it! 🙂
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  11. These spaces look amazing. I’d love to play in them myself!
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  12. Alexandra

    I meant PL as in Poland 😀

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  14. Ann

    Love all these ideas! I especially love the woven hide away and the trunk slices. I have an area I would like to create something fun with : )
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