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Children thrive in the natural world - studies show that they work and mature better mentally, physically and emotionally when exposed to nature.
This book offers a wide range of innovative examples showing how to create special places in which children can experience nature on their own home turf. Featured throughout are miniature paradises that prents and grandparents have designed just for the children in their lives, highlighting an enchanting variety of elements that will make any children come alive.
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. She and her husband Bill and their two children Ben and Kate, have created gardens together in many different spots throughout the globe since the initial publication of A Child's Garden in 1998. Now settled in Galveston, Texas, just eight blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, they are trying their hand at citrus, banana, hibiscus, oleander, plumeria, and a wide array of other plants new to their gardening repertoire.
[Dannenmaier] presents 60 vibrant and inspired landscape plans and innovative weekend projects designed to help motivated parents create imaginative havens that will appeal to both young ones and those who are young at heart. -- Carol Haggas Booklist 20071215 The book's pictures, taken in both private and public gardens from coast to coast, are inspiring. And the author's suggestions are so delightful, I soon found myself drawing up a list of new features I'd like to add for the kids in my life. -- Jan Riggenbach Daily Herald (Chicago) 20080202 Breathtaking photos. Brilliant ideas. Even if I didn't have a kid, the book would inspire me to be bold and playful in my landscaping. Growing Curious 20080203 Packed with luscious photographs and simple techniques and structures you can use to nurture a child's wild side. -- Jessica Walliser Hobby Farm Home 20080701 Filled with ideas, this book reveals how to turn any green space into an inspiring one. Find garden plans, learn how to nurture a youngster's green thumb or simply pillage the pages for great ideas for your own yard. Nashville Parent 20080501 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. Flower Magazine 20080701 This book aims to motivate parents and caregivers who are concerned about children's lack of connection to the outdoors. -- Marcia Eames-Sheavly American Gardener 20080701 One of the handiest books available to encourage children to learn and thrive in the natural world. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20080701 Reminds parents to plan both for open space and hiding places, leaving plenty of room for young imaginations to grow. -- Marty Ross South Florida Sun-Sentinel 20090626