Synopses & Reviews
Until recently, children played outdoors with carefree abandon after school and in the summer. Today, however, children are more likely to spend their free time indoors, watching television, playing video games, or using a computer. But children thrive in the natural world. They love to play in water and with creepy critters. They savor hideaways, can not get enough dirt and sand, and relish climbing to great hieghts. They need movement. They want to pretend and to nurture other growing things. And most of all, they learn from everything that is new and stimulating.
Addressing these basic needs, A Child's Garden offers a wide range of innovative examples showing how to create special places in which children can experience nature on their own home turf. Here are child-friendly ponds, places for pets, and private refuges. Out-of-the-ordinary sandboxes are pictured, along with paths, mazes, furniture, peepholes, and scores of ideas for creative play areas that fit perfectly into adult gardens.
Featured throughout this profusely illustrated book are miniature paradises that parents and grandparents have designed just for the children in their lives, highlighting an enchanting variety of elements that will make any garden come alive for children.
"The book is packed with luscious photographs and simple techniques and structures you can use to nurture a child's wild side." Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education
"[Dannenmaier] presents 60 vibrant and inspired landscape plans and innovative weekend projects designed to help motivated parents create imaginary havens that will appeal to both young ones and those who are young at heart." Carol Haggas, Booklist Booklist
"[Dannenmaier believes that a garden made for children will engage adults too, because it will be full of secret hideaways and sensory delights."
—House and Garden
"The book is packed with luscious photographs and simple techniques and structures you can use to nurture a child"s wild side.'- Hobby Farm Home Magazine
"By delving into 'how children really play,' the book shares stories of families who have transformed time in the garden into playtime, and features the blueprints, photos, and plants that made each garden successful." Dallas Morning News
"It's teaming with inspiration..." Metro Parent Magazine Hobby Farm Home
"Informed, useful. Splendid." Dallas Morning News
"This beautiful and informal book asks the questions: How can the healthy development of children be served by a garden--the term garden here referring to any natural outdoor space set aside for recreation, not only a place for growing flowers and vegetables."
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Each topic includes ideas for creating such environments as treehouses and secret passages. Also offered is a list of resources that features landscape designers, organizations, places with public children's gardens, and garden books for both youngsters and adults."
WestSound Home - & - Garden
"Dannenmaier ... reminds parents to plan both for open space and hiding places, leaving plenty of room for young imaginations to grow."
"A Child's Garden provides inspiration for parents who'd like to make their yards more appealing to kids, or even landscape professionals interested in the history of children's gardens, the psychology of how children play and the features that encourage learning, make-believe and exercise."
"Informed, useful. Splendid." Phoenix Home and Garden
This gorgeous, full-color exploration of the family garden--stuffed with resourceful ideas and easy--to-complete projects--shows how to create thriving gardens that serve both the child's need for creative play and the adult's yearning for beauty and serenity. 100 full-color photos.
A Child's Garden
- 60 enchanting ideas for integrating children's play into adult gardens and landscapes
- A creative response to parents' concerns about children's lack of connection to nature
- 190 color photographs
About the Author
Molly Dannenmaier is a writer and former children's editor of Garden Design magazine, where she sought out examples of innovative gardens that stimulate children's natural inclinations. She has also served as an editor of Landscape Architecture, published by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and was editor of Parent and Child magazine. Since becoming a mother, she has taken an active role in creating teaching gardens, and is now settled in Galveston, Texas, with her husband Bill and their two children, Ben and Kate.