January 12, 2012

abra lee, garden

written by Abra Lee, Garden Contributor

Since this is my first post of 2012 I must start out by saying Happy New Year to the BluLabel Bungalow Family! The year is so young I thought it would be appropriate to share images from two beautiful children’s gardens I recently visited. From my experience children’s gardens are never boring, have some of the most interesting features, and are always a source of inspiration.

First we’ll take a peak into Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania–

This whimsical path in the children’s area is fun, simple, and easy to recreate in any residential garden.

If you don’t have the carpentry skills to build this throne for your busy bees take any chair and paint it with this blue/yellow/green color scheme. These colors are perfect for a children’s seating area. Give yourself bonus points if you add the blue step at the bottom.

Now let’s check out the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida:

An old crib was given new life with the addition of succulent plants and a baby doll. The aged wood on the crib compliments the straw toy held in the dolls arms.

Purses used as hanging baskets create a fashionable vertical garden.

Recycle a pair of roller skates.

Weathered clay pots are turned into a garden companion and a worn green chair becomes its seating.

Two googly bring this tree trunk to life.

A hollowed out basketball and a sneaker filled with plants hang from this basketball goal to make for a sporty combination.

May you find the time this year to get your children, or the ones in the community, out into the garden so they can create their very own unique designs. Happy gardening to you in 2012!

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Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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2 Responses to “THE GARDEN OF YOUTH”

  1. BackyardWisdom Says:

    While not so easy to recreate at home, my daughter now 11 loved her visits to both the Huntsville Al Botanical Gardens
    and the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens


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