Early Years Garden of Our Dreams. Part I – Wish List.

Garden Update February 2019

Wish list for the perfect toddler garden. What spaces to create and resources to get. First in a series of blog posts. Water play, mud kitchen, mark making, small world, hedgehog house, planting, tuff tray, herb garden, trees, bug hotel, den building, book Nook.

It’s starting to feel like Spring is almost here. The snowdrops are piercing through the ground and daffodils are beginning to flower. We’ve been out in the garden while the sun has been shining tidying up and making plans. We’ve now got the basic landscape of the garden in place and it’s time to get creative with the space. Last year we devised a wish list for our toddler friendly garden. Some things got completed, but others needed to wait for this year. Our little one hadn’t been too well over the Autumn/ Winter 2018, so plans were put a little on hold. We only completed up to Part 6 on our garden posts too – we’re ready to get started and complete the series. I’ll also be going back over the previous posts with updates too. Coming next – planting for toddlers.

Our Dream

Have you ever been somewhere magical? Somewhere peaceful, calm yet, intriguing and exciting that you just can’t wait to explore. That’s how I felt when I went to Japan and walked around many Japanese gardens. I was lucky enough to travel when it was Cherry Blossom season; so beautiful. I want somewhere magical for Floss to adventure in our own back garden.

Reality

Sadly, our garden hasn’t even got turf! Spring sprung and turned the ground into a glorious green and purple carpet of wild weeds. From this view it almost looks like turf, but up close the milk thistles could swallow you whole and still be hungry!

The Plan

Luckily, I’ve got a plan! A rough one, a work in progress. I wanted to work out how I could have a garden for our little one, Floss (18 months old), yet still have somewhere that DadDad and I could enjoy on the evenings without having to feel like we were in an early years outdoor classroom. I got inspiration from Garden Answers Magazine’s Design Solutions article.

What I liked about it was the idea of different zones in the garden, hidden areas and making a feature out of play equipment – like the house. So, my first job was to make a list of the lovely things I was hoping to have in our garden. Over the next 10 posts I will be posting ideas and great resource finds to go with things on my wish list. I’ll also be sharing our wilderness as it transforms into a beautiful oasis for our family; well fingers crossed that’s the plan!

The Wish List

  • Water play area
  • Mud kitchen
  • Mark making space
  • Secret places for small world play
  • Hedgehog house
  • Low level planting area
  • Tuff trays at different heights
  • Seating at different levels
  • Herb garden
  • Fruit trees
  • Bug hotel
  • Japanese maple tree
  • Places to eat
  • Den building

2019 Additions

  • Creative area
  • Book nook
  • Relaxing/ calming space

What would be on your wish list? Where did you get inspiration for your early years space?

Coming next week – Early Years Toddler Outdoor Garden of Our Dreams – Part 2 – Water Play Plan Ideas.

 

In the future