Welcome to part 4 and the end of the Small Garden Spaces For Kids Series. If you are new to this series you can take a look here to see what it is all about.
Today I am featuring my favourite area of our garden – a little secret hideaway spot that we call dragonfly garden. It is a special kids only space that acts like a 'green' cubby house surrounded by trees and shrubs.
We created this secret spot within one of our garden beds. Chris cleared out a small area, flattened the soil and laid down some old pavers. We found two level sandstone blocks that the girls like to sit on. Dragonfly garden has evolved over time, there is now a path weaving through our garden bed leading to it.
Dragonfly garden changes with the seasons – it is green and well hidden in spring and summer and opens up to catch the sun when the leaves are lost in autumn and winter.
|The two sandstones seats are to the right|
|The fairies have come to visit|
Dragonfly garden is popular when friends come to visit and is a great place for the girls to take their afternoon tea.
|The path winding through the garden bed leading to dragonfly garden|
If you want to create a secret garden it doesn't have to be complicated, it could be as simple as:
- A special rock tucked under a tree.
- A small space created by positioning pot plants in a circle and allowing a child to get amongst them.
- Boards nailed to a tree or rope ladder to allow access to lower branches. If you have carpentry skills and a strong tree you could create a platform too. (You are best at deciding where your risk vs safety balance lies).
- Cut back a section of a shrub to allow an opening for a little one to climb in.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – one of my favourites as a child.
- Rosy's Visitorsby Judy Hindley and illustrated by Helen Craig – Cakey's current favourite about a wonderful secret spot in an old tree trunk.
I hope you have enjoyed the Small Garden Spaces for Kids series. I plan to post updates on our garden as we make improvements and changes to the space.