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A Spring walk, and some garden inspiration..

March 1, 2010

A morning walk over to the private college behind our house has become a regular routine around here. B rides her balance bike on all the ramps, and finds many other fun areas to explore. She loves the grassy bio-swale. She calls it “The Hydrator”, and goes marching around (and on) the grassy tufts. And there is so much more. Stairs, curbs for balance beams, a man made fountain equipped with many large pine-cones for tossing, sticks, pebbles, blossoms, hiding places and people to watch. There is much to do in a morning, until hungry tummies and the wide opening in our backyard hedge beckon us home for snack time and a nap.

I’ve been paying attention to landscape architecture a lot lately. As we’ve been designing and digging our garden space, I’ve been looking for ways to make the space special for B, and thinking of the aspects of a landscape, yard or garden that make a space appeal to a child. I’ve been collecting little bits and pieces here and there – stumps, stones, sticks –  and some favorite childhood plants: bunny-tail grass, lambs ears, snapdragons, sunflowers, money-plant, pussy-willow and more. (Here is a fun little list of plants to appeal to the different senses – Plant for all 5 Senses )

In our space, I’m hoping to create places to dig, hide, climb, imagine and create…I’m excited to see where things go.

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