There is a garden in every childhood,
an enchanted place where colours are brighter,
the air softer,
and the morning more fragrant than ever again.
Often, adults think of gardens as a place in family settings rather than early learning programs. With the current research on the relationship of gardens to how children connect with the environment and their peers, it is important that gardens be a primary consideration when designing children’s outdoor spaces. Gardens play a significant role in supporting children’s connections to nature, environmental stewardship and learning that supports the characteristics of the environment with health and nutrition, social purposes, practical living skills and the process of growth and caring for living things. Think about how gardening offers children new knowledge about science and environments. Think about how gardens provide children with individual places to connect with nature and how a garden offers different learning for children than places where there is active play.
When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? What do you reflect upon? How do gardens connect to culture? How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship? Add your comments in the box below.