Designing Gardens for Children – Inspired by The Hundred Acre Wood

Gardens are gateways for instilling a sense of wonder and stewardship in children about the natural world. Time outdoors creates memories that last a lifetime. And, designing an interactive and engaging garden where children can play and learn doesn’t mean losing style and elegance–innovative family gardens can be well-designed for the whole family. This illustrated workshop looks at key elements of flow, color, planting, refuge, seating, games, and wildlife. It also considers concepts of child development, design adaptability and creating opportunities for children to explore their senses, take risks and keep safe.

13501983_10153654064233085_567296703273764061_nLandscape historian and garden designer, Kathryn Aalto is an American writer, designer, historian and lecturer living in Exeter, England. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect, teaching the literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. Following the presentation, Aalto will sign copies of her NY Times Bestseller “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.”

Members $12, Tickets $18

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Photo provided by kathrynaalto.com.