A Toddler High Garden

This week I have tried a little experiment.  When I am asked by people how to create a children’s garden I often say to look at it from a child’s perspective and if they have very young children think about placing items of interest at toddler height.  When my 8 year old was tiny he had a chalkboard, and outdoor mirrors located for him an appropriate height.  He also had an old butler sink as a little garden, which he could easily identify as his own.  Beyond that though I have never tested what I recommend others to do.

So this week I took a look at my garden in October from the height of a toddler.  I reckon the average 2 year old is about 34 inches high.  Therefore I went on my knees and then bent a bit more.

It looked very different.  Plants and vegetation merged into one another and there seemed much more space around.  I found it much harder to take photos as points of interest seemed to have disappeared.

 

cyclameninpot

The stone pot which I have recently planted with cyclamen stood out from within the border.  It seemed to be an ideal focal point for a toddler.

 

toddler high garden

 

The view of my gorgeous Acer tree, currently with beautiful yellow leaves, all but disappeared when I shuffled close to it.  Instead it was replaced with a picture of its trunk and foliage from plants nearby.

 

Apples on tree

 

These apples were hanging at picking height for any toddler – just irresistible.

 

Eucalyptus tree bark

 

The bark peeling and shredding from the Eucalyptus tree, something that rarely draws my attention was an obvious feature for my 2 ½ foot high camera.

 

green man

 

The green man, which for nearly 2 years is still waiting to be attached to a wall was an immediate and easy focus of attention.  Ground level was definitely an easy height to spy upon.

 

cosmos with tree

 

When I did look up next to the cosmos, they arched over me almost feeling the same height as the trees in the distance. I found it slightly disconcerting and I wonder if a toddler would find it a bit scary or perhaps enchanting.

No one saw me on my knees moving around my garden – thank goodness– I think that perhaps I need to invest in a tripod to make the experiment a little more scientific.  It definitely did make me think and feel slightly different about my garden.  I’d love to have a go again a different point in the year especially when plants are just emerging in spring and when flowers are in full bloom in the summer months.

 

 

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18 Responses to A Toddler High Garden

  1. Leanne October 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I love this little post. I have been gardening in earnest since my youngest was a baby. I have never thought of looking at the garden from his height. It’s an interesting experiment. I was more focused on introducing as many pollinator friendly plants as possible, to give us lots of insects to see.

    Leanne xx

    • Lynda October 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank you. I know when I visit other people’s gardens I love to see the quirky items and garden structures as well as the plants – I hope your garden has become a nectar cafe

  2. Charlotte October 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I love this! I always try to make things kid-friendly heights and think of things from a childs perspective. The children have one of our low kitchen cupboards for all their own plates, bowls, cups etc… most of our garden is a bit wild at the moment but you’re right, things do get really tall in gardens! We made this little kiddy garden for our toddlers to help combat some of the massive-ness of our garden – http://www.winegumsandwatermelons.com/2013/10/create-toddler-garden-in-7-easy-steps.html

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Thank you. I love the ideas in your kiddy garden. If you look at gardens in children’s nurserys they often have small discrete areas – a sort of garden playpen rather than a garden room

  3. ricki October 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    I often find myself hunkering down, or even crawling on my belly, to get certain shots. It had never occurred to me to think of it as a child’s eye view. Thanks for that.

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      Your welcome. Pleased i’m not the only one on my knees

  4. Mammasaurus October 31, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    What a great idea to get down to check out what they can see, I’ve never thought of doing that and as you have shown things look way different! I’d be tugging of that bark and exploring in a forest of cosmos!

    Thanks for joining in and Happy Halloween *does a creepy cackle*

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      Thank you – I was surprised how much the garden had changed -a Gulliver’s Travels World

  5. 76 sunflowers October 31, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    What a great idea! So interesting to see something from little ones eyeline.

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      I’m pondering whether I should handover a camera to a toddler and see what they come up with. Thanks for stopping by

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom) October 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    How interesting! We planted pots for the kids this year, but I hadn’t ally thought about from the perspective of them being ‘kid height’. I will look at my garden afresh :)

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      Still thinking about the implications – realise that I forgot to look at the floor of the garden

  7. Gemma Garner October 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    This is a lovely idea. Fantastic shot of the cosmos, looks like it could be about 6ft tall. Next time I’m in my garden I might see what it looks like at toddler height :)

    • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Having seen how those cosmos looked I will never ever tell a child off for picking a flower in my garden

  8. Charly Dove October 31, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    What a good idea to go round the garden and see what’s at toddler height. Never thought of doing that even with a toddler! Be interesting to repeat the exercise round our garden :)

    • Lynda November 3, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      Thank you. If you have a toddler it may also be interesting to see if they could comment on what they could see.

  9. Sam @happyhomebird November 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    A really thoughtful idea – it’s funny to look at the garden from a different angle. My little boy loves the towering daisies, he gets really excited as they blow around in the breeze. Love your greenman.

    • Lynda November 3, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are right movement is so important in the garden – tall and whispy plants are often forgotten. I’m hoping that hubby may put the greenman up on the wall sometime soon!

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