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Southern Inspirations Garden Design

A family-run business since 1997

Southern Inspirations
Creating a Childrens Garden Design
A children's garden is designed to captivate the minds and hearts of children of all ages. With this in mind we need to consider each of the different senses.

Sight: Children learn much from visual perception. The entire garden is visual. For example: the design, the plants, a road sign, a sun dial, a jungle gym, pathways etc. The colours are bright and release a happy energy into the garden, which attracts children.

Plants that encourage wildlife, for example birds and butterflies, are incorporated into the design, thus delighting and teaching young children about nature.

Auditory: the sounds of children laughing and having fun as well as the songs of the birds and buzzing of bees etc.

Smell: the smell of herbs, flowers and a freshly mowed lawn. Perhaps also the smell of cookies having been baked and carried out to the awaiting children in their doll house.

Taste: the taste of vegetables grown in the garden and raindrops in the air.

Touch: the different textures in the garden like sand, leaves (like the soft lambs ears) and every other thing that appeals to the imagination. Young children love to feel everything and that is how they learn.

Children's gardens are designed with 10 basic goals in mind, apart from appealing to all the senses. The first goal in mind is safety. Children need to feel safe and be safe in their garden.

Secondly, privacy. Children need to have a certain feeling of privacy where they can play and explore and not be shy if they know that people are watching them constantly.

Low Maintenance: none or very little of their playing time should be used in the upkeep of the garden. Time can be used wisely to teach the children the value of work and gardening knowledge. Also bear in mind that fragile and expensive plants are probably not best if the children are going to be playing and kicking balls in the garden.

Adaptability: children do grow up and the garden changes. Designs should be able to be adjusted to the children's needs.

Security: children should not be able to run into the street or enter a swimming pool enclosure. Also, strangers from the street must no be able to enter the children's play area. Children should be protected.

Practicality: how convenient is it to have your garden transformed into a nursery school garden? Are you raising children or do you want a show piece for a garden? Are you able to walk around the doll house and sandpit? Can you organise learning experiences and a well-managed garden? Are all the areas accessible?

Physical comfort: Is your garden human friendly? Can you sit and experience your garden, family life and children and be happy, sheltered from the sun and enjoy a family breakfast in your garden?

Feasibility: Can you afford all the different garden rooms? Take into account that your garden will be a den of educations bliss. What a fun way to learn instead of extra lessons for struggling learners.

Nature Conservation: encourage wildlife, encourage companion planting in your vegetable garden. Love nature and your little children will follow your example.

Beauty: the beauty of the children's garden will make them appreciate the creation. Indeed you may say that it will stimulate all of their senses and enable them to develop fully and grow into well-balanced, well-rounded individuals with your help as parents and carers.

Their garden will inspire and uplift them and make them feel so loved and special, knowing that a garden was specifically designed with them in mind. It will truly be personal taste, children's personal taste and visually pleasing to their eyes.

What's more: the children will all blend in very well together and be happy in the children's garden.

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