Yesterday we featured a post from Georgia Lindsay, a local garden designer who is thrilled to be a finalist in this year’s Grand Designs competition. Today she shares with us her top gardening tips for kids.
- Hop scotch – If you are thinking of laying a patio, slate paving is perfect for the little ones to express themselves with chalk. The dark slate is an ideal canvas for the chalk and just wipes off like a blackboard.
- Mini Monty Don – This is a great time to plant strawberries, kids love putting them to bed in a little nest of straw and the reward at the end is well worth it, to see them pick their first juicy strawberry. Yum.
- Sunshiny days – Sow sunflowers – the giant variety grows dramatically fast and will delight children daily as they check on their progress.
- Tree fairies – create a mobile together of unwanted keys, we all have a drawer full of them. String together and hang from a tree they will love the tinkling sound in the wind.
- The grass is greener – Use synthetic turf in fun and interesting ways. Its ideal as an easy to maintain lawn but great fun on a wall, on seats or line the inside of a little den with it for a soft and comfortable play area.
- Sand between the toes – Have a sand pit: TubTrugs, the colourful buckets available from builders’ merchants are perfect for this, you can place a larger one over the top easily to protect from rain then lift it off when needed to form another sand or water pit. Also great for bringing in the washing!
- Water babies – Kids are always drawn to water and ponds, even tiny bird pools can make great play areas as long as young children are always supervised. For safety, metal grids that lie just below the surface of the water are essential in ponds. They will ensure that you still enjoy the wildlife (tadpoles, frogs, dragonflies etc) whilst ensuring your little ones are safe.
- Pint sized Picasso – A fun way to paint with instant effect is to use a brush and water to paint a fence or paving. They love making a mess but for once there’s nothing for you to clear up!
- We are sailing – With all we know now about the harmful effects of the sun we are more careful than ever to protect the delicate skin of our children. A sail shade is a very effective way of screening those damaging rays and still give them the pleasure of playing out doors. Most good companies use UV protective materials.
- We are family – more than anything kids want you out there with them watching and playing together, so invest in some comfortable garden furniture for you to enjoy while encouraging them to explore the pleasures a garden can bring.
Georgia originally trained in theatre design and is an established mural artist and interior decorator. In 2010 she developed a passion for garden design, specializing in transforming small city gardens in to oases of tranquility.
Georgia is offering a pair of tickets to Grand Design Live to readers of Around Dulwich. The lucky winner will also receive a free garden design consultation from Georgia www.georgialindsaygardendesign.com.