Why Wild Gardens for Children?

Why Wild Gardens for Children?

In the good old days, children played outdoors for hours, only coming home when they were hungry – isn’t that the story? Well it’s not quite how I remember it but apparently now, the majority of children today spend less than 60 mins outside a day, which is less than prison inmates.

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

I think a good test of a garden lies in how the space feels in winter. I visited Scampston in early spring on the opening day for the new season so the famous grasses and prairie planting were still dormant. Scampston, designed by Piet Ouldolf, had long been on my must see list and for […]

Fabulous Fused Willow

Fabulous Fused Willow

When grown in close contact woody plants can fuse together, willow is especially adaptable to training in this way and can be used to create strong structures.

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

I renovated  this willow tunnel a couple of years ago, each season it puts on incredible growth providing a lush play space. Willow domes, screens, dens and arbours are planted during the winter months, until around the end of march, whilst the stems are dormant. Email now to register your interest or to book an individual installation. enquiries@reneebrailsfordgardens.co.uk

Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The beautiful strength and durability of wood…. what better material for a natural garden. The famous RHS show provides inspiration for family gardens with timber garden toys, structures and furniture. In spaces for children, clever use of natural materials can encourage heuristic play, look stunning and provide shelter for wildlife. Think less plastic sand pits more wooden stepping-stones set in long grass. It’s wonderful to see […]

Woodland Den for Children

Woodland Den for Children

Here is a photo of the woodland den I made at home for the children on 6th May. Inspired by the beautiful play area at RHS Rosemoor Devon. Hazel and birch prunings were propped together and bound with wire to create a traditional, old school den. I plan to add moss for a softer flooring, […]

Sow seeds, take cuttings and get new plants for less…..

Sow seeds, take cuttings and get new plants for less…..

Inspired by a visit to a beautiful nearby garden. I am sowing seeds with childish excitement. Louise’s garden (above 1, 2 & 3) was cottagey and naturalistic, incorporating lots of pinks and purples with  aqualegias, sweet rocket, ragged robin (all easy to grow from seed). The hedges, blousy with honeysuckle, work with the old apple trees […]

Willow dome in the green……….

Willow dome in the green……….

new growth… This is a living willow dome I built on 17th March – just 8 weeks ago and am really enjoying watching it come to life. Its a great den for the children, mine are only 14months and 4years but I built it so that an adult could stand up in it because I didn’t […]