Part III: The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

 
Children's Farm Garden © Britt Conley

Children's Farm Garden © Britt Conley

Lewis Ginter has the only garden that, so far, has made me want to be a kid again, just to play.  Children running wild in the big play-bin maze thing, that looked like a blast.  Erika and I slowly tooled around, wondering what fun was to be had in that fantastic round tree house.

The Kid's Garden Tree House.  Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The Kid's Garden Tree House. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Despite being a cool late Fall day, the kids were out.  One bundled up child was sitting cross-legged on a chair playing Checkers with what looked like her grandfather.  Another was running around trying to high five all the hands on the hand sculpture.  Others were walking in and out of small children sized huts and simply playing.  Lewis Ginter has made an International Village out their 3 acre Children’s area for kids to enjoy other culture’s gardens and playhouses.

Small houses for little ones © Britt Conley

Small houses for little ones © Britt Conley

I tend to shy away from shooting other peoples kids, however Lewis Ginter was kind enough to provide some great images!

Kids in Tukul.  Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Kids in Tukul. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

One of the things I love is when Kid’s get a chance to get up close with real Farm Gardens.  It’s all about being a “learning” garden and they do it very well.  The Farm Garden is quite large and has many places for kids to see how these plants operate.

The Children's Garden © Britt Conley

The Children's Garden © Britt Conley

The Chidren's Farm Garden © Britt Conley

The Chidren's Farm Garden © Britt Conley

The Farm Garden is quite large and a great place for little ones to get acquainted with the world of vegetables. Being a city girl I had never seen broccoli in the “leaf” before.  I think I can presume that my reaction was probably pretty similar to the little one’s: Cool.

Broccoli © Britt Conley

Broccoli © Britt Conley

The Ever Changing Garden in late Fall © Britt Conley

The Ever Changing Garden in late Fall © Britt Conley

Returning kids can always see the Ever Changing Garden. There are dancing fountains and the “Weird and Contrasting Plants” area which is a hoot.  The hidden tunnel along the Adventure Pathway is a destination for kids, as is the Activity area and Sand Play areas.  In the Spring the garden hosts Bird and Butterfly Meadow and of course the lovely plants around the lake.  The tree trail was a fun shaded area with various types of trees butted up against one another in such close proximity it felt like a tree garden, which I suppose it truly is.

The Welcome Pig © Britt Conley

The Welcome Pig © Britt Conley

There is a charming Welcome Pig in the Margaret Stubs Conifer Garden.

Trees to Id everywhere © Britt Conley

Trees to Id everywhere © Britt Conley

At the end of the Margaret Stubs Conifer Garden are great views of the lake and Tree House.

The view of the Lake © Britt Conley
The view of the Lake © Britt Conley

Over all this garden has more than charm and fun; it has a place to let your kids run free and simply discover.

Well, tomorrow were heading over to the Asian Valley.  This was an unexpected surprise.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt

Related posts:

  1. Part IV: The Asian Valley at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
  2. The Photo Garden Bee Lifts off in a Hot air balloon over Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  3. Part I: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  4. Part V: The Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  5. Part VII: GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens!

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2 Comments

 
  1. Dina Young
    2011-06-17
    07:28:30

    would love to share your photos of the children's garden at LG. Can I please? I will add a photo credit with link back to your site. Thanks!

     
  2. Britt
    2011-09-02
    16:05:28

    Absolutely Dina :)

     
 

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