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||Alchemilla mollis||lady’s mantle|
|3||Allium sativum L.||garlic|
|6||Carex buchananii||bronze sedge grass|
|7||Centranthus ruber||red valerian, Jupiter’s beard|
|9||Clematis viticella||'Polish Spirit'||violet|
|10||Clematis viticella||'Etoile violette'||purple clematis|
|11||Clethra||sweet pepper bush|
|12||Cornus sericea||'Flaviramea'||yellow twig dogwood|
|13||Dicentra formosa||western bleeding heart, Pacific bleeding heart||*|
|18||Hydrangea macrophylla||'Venice Raven'||hydrangea|
|19||Hylotelephium spectabile||'Autumn Joy'||stonecrop|
|20||Iris ensata||'Pink Dimity'||Japanese water iris|
|21||Juncus effusus||field rush||*|
|22||Juncus ensifolius||dagger rush||*|
|24||Leymus arenarius||blue lyme grass|
|26||Lysichiton americanus||swamp lantern, swamp cabbage||*|
|29||Melissa officinalis||lemon balm|
|30||Morus alba||'Pendula'||weeping mulberry|
|33||Phormium cookianum||mountain flax|
|34||Physalis alkekengi||Chinese lantern|
|35||Pinus contorta||shore pine||*|
|36||Polystichum munitum||western sword fern||*|
|39||Rosa||'New Dawn'||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|
|43||Thuja occidentalis||Anna's magic ball arborvitae|