James’ first official “children’s garden” was commissioned by a church preschool director who desired to create a natural play space, where rocks and trees replaced plastic and metal as the structural elements. Since then, he has had the privilege of designing many garden spaces with children in mind. Now that we are grandparents, we are delighted to see the creativity with which grandchildren and friends alike enjoy the garden spaces James has incorporated around our home.
Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener’s wife (& advocate of “natural” playgrounds)
Natural elements–sand, gravel, rocks, trees and grass–provide delightful sensory stimuli for little explorers. (On the left is the courtyard garden crafted for a church preschool. On the right, friends’ children prefer boulder “picnic tables”.)