The Magic of Children's Gardens
Inspiring Through Creative Design
Published by: Temple University Press
376 pages, 203.00 x 254.00 x 20.00 mm, 697 color photos, 27 tables
- ISBN: 9781439914489
- Published: March 2021
Children’s gardens are magical places where kids can interact with plants, see where food and fibers grow, and experience the role of birds, butterflies, and bees in nature. These gardens do more than just expose youngsters to outdoor environments, they also provide marvelous teaching opportunities for them to visit a small plot, care for vegetables and flowers, and interact in creative spaces designed to stimulate all five senses.
In The Magic of Children’s Gardens, landscape architect Lolly Tai provides the primary goals, concepts and key considerations for designing outdoor spaces that are attractive to and suitable for children especially in urban environments. Tai presents inspiring ideas for creating children’s green spaces by examining nearly twentycase studies, including the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
The Magic of Children’s Gardens features hundreds of comprehensive drawings and gorgeous photographs of successful children’s outdoor environments, detailed explanations of the design process, and the criteria needed to create attractive and pleasing gardens for children to augment their physical, mental, and emotional development.
Exposing youth to well-planned outdoor environments promotes our next generation of environmental stewards. The Magic of Children's Gardens offers practitioners a guide to designing these valued spaces.
"The Magic of Children's Gardens is an unparalleled resource for anyone—whether landscape designer, horticulturist, educator, or community leader—who seeks a better understanding of how the design of contemporary children's gardens has evolved to most effectively spark the interest and imagination of today's kids. Lolly Tai has compiled detailed profiles of exemplary gardens across America, each including design intents, plant lists, technical details, and inspirational photos and plans. Those charged with envisioning, maintaining, or enhancing children's gardens need to have this comprehensive work on their bookshelves."—Tom Underwood, Executive Director of the American Horticultural Society
"The Magic of Children's Gardens is a great resource for landscape architects and designers. Lolly Tai's case studies feature a robust series of children's gardens created by recognized designers. Each case study includes a plethora of plans, sketches, photographs, and plant lists—everything a designer could want for inspiration and guidance. In the past, this information was available only to the lucky few who had the resources to travel the United States, tour sites, and meet owners and designers in person. Tai brings the whole measure to us in a single must-have book."
—Lisa Horne, Co-chair of the Outdoor Children's Environments Professional Practice Network, professional landscape architect, and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects
"The Magic of Children's Gardens is a superb resource and reference tool for anyone interested in children's outdoor environments-from design professionals to public garden specialists, urban planners, educators, and students of design. The detailed garden descriptions, plans, and plant lists provide a template for the development of future children's gardens around the world that may well serve to inspire the next generation of horticulturists, scientists, and artists."—Paul B. Redman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Longwood Gardens