In this garden parents and children share the pleasure of gardening and find ideas for their own yards. The entry through a weeping mulberry is a perfect place to play hide-and-seek. Visitors enjoy a snack with Alice and the Queen of Hearts at the picnic table. A game of checkers, a splash in the water, or helming the boat are also possibilities. Kids of all sizes can exchange a book at the Children’s Garden Lending Library.
The Children’s Garden is a place where both children and parents can delight in exploring the natural world. We hope to provide ideas for creating gardening fun in your own yard and community.
Enter the garden from one side under a weeping mulberry tree---a perfect place for a game of hide and seek. As you walk down the yellow brick road, you can begin a game of hopscotch. In the summer, you can walk into the “house of sunflowers.” Be sure to tell our curious stone turtle in there, “Hello!” Outside near the fence, can you find the mason bee hotel?
Across the little road there is a lending library where you can exchange a book or sit on the grass to read. Near the library box is a sun-warmed birdbath. In the nearby tree hang bird feeders. Can you find them? If you are very still, you may see birds eating there.
As you go further into the garden, you will see a boat which you can sail yourself. A little further on is a rock-bound reflection pool. Can you see your face?
To the left is a checkerboard with giant checkers, and a board that tells you how to play a game. A sandbox near the checkerboard sits next to Alice in Wonderland, the Red Queen, and the Mad Hatter. Come and play. Enjoy a snack at the big red picnic table near the pine tree or under the apple tree near Alice.
Have fun, and come again soon.
Children's Garden Plant List
|#||Botanical Name||Cultivar||Common Name||Tree||Native|
|2||Ajuga reptans||carpet bugle; bugle weed|
|3||Alchemilla mollis||lady's mantle|
|4||Allium sativum L.||garlic|
|6||Antirrhinum majus||miniature snapdragons|
|9||Carex buchananii||bronze sedge grass|
|10||Centhranthus ruber||red valerian; Jupiter's beard|
|12||Clematis viticella||'Polish Spirit'||violet|
|13||Cornus sericea||'Flaviramea'||yellow twig dogwood|
|14||Dicentra formosa||Western, Pacific bleeding heart|
|22||Hydrangea macrophylla||'Venice Raven'||hydrangea|
|23||Hylotelephium spectabile||'Autumn Joy'||stonecrop|
|27||Lonicera periclymenum||'Harlequin'||variegated honeysuckle|
|29||Melissa officinalis||lemon balm|
|30||Morus alba||'Pendula'||weeping mulberry||*|
|35||Physalis alkekengi||Chinese lantern|
|36||Pinus contorta||shore pine||*|
|37||Polystichum munitum||Western sword fern|
|39||Rosa||'New Dawn'||large flowered climbing rose|
|40||Sisyrinchium bellum||'Quaint & Queer'||blue-eyed grass|
|41||Spiraea japonica||'Magic Carpet'||Japanese spirea|
|42||Stachys byzantina||'Big Ears'||lamb's ears|
|44||Syringa||'Josee'||dwarf re-blooming lilac|
|45||Tsuga mertensiana||mountain hemlock||*|
|47||Verbascum thapus (Linn.)||great mullein|
|Chamaecyparis pisfera||'Squarrosa Minima'||false cyprus|