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Children's Literature Garden

Post by LynB » Tue, 28 Apr 1998 04:00:00



Hi.

I'm hoping all you creative people can help me with ideas for a Children's
Garden for our local library. The children's librarian is being honored, and
our focus will be
on children's literature depicting gardening. As a bonus, the local chapter of
Decorative Artists and Tole painters will assist our garden club by doing
painted elements for the garden. This should be fun and challenging. Any ideas
would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to your response.

Thanks, Lynne

 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by ms.. » Tue, 28 Apr 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi.

> I'm hoping all you creative people can help me with ideas for a Children's
> Garden for our local library. The children's librarian is being honored, and
> our focus will be
> on children's literature depicting gardening. As a bonus, the local chapter of
> Decorative Artists and Tole painters will assist our garden club by doing
> painted elements for the garden. This should be fun and challenging. Any ideas
> would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to your response.

> Thanks, Lynne

Any possibility of your building a small, kid-sized entrance into the
garden, away from the main entrance?  As a kid, I loved Oscar Wilde's
story about the selfish giant and his beautiful garden.

Good luck with the project.
Maggie

 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by Marianne Ahrn » Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:00:00


I hope you include the book "Linnea in Monet's Garden" by Swedish
writer Christina Bjork, published in English in 1987. It is a book
for children about the art of Claude Monet and his garden at
Giverny. You can see the book at
http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm.

Marianne Ahrne
Uppsala, Sweden

 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by Cathy Ber » Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:00:00


Maybe it could include Beatrix Potter's Peter in an escapade through
Mr. McGregor's garden... a little rabbit statuary peeking out of a
watering can (only its ears showing)? or squeezing under a gate?  or a
queazy bunny looking for parsley?

Or maybe James Whitcomb Riley's The Child World (do we still find him
in the library?) I remember some fairies ... Mr. Squidjicum, I think,
a-limpin' along the garden path on his way to Miss Hoodjicum's tea
party and pinching the author on the nose, telling him
"Squinchy-winchy!  Look wherever you please!" when they reached the
beautiful garden.

Maybe it could include some "hands on" exploring.  Like feeling
different types of soil - sandy, loamy, clay...

Or a "bug appreciation" site, where kids can discover that bugs are
more than just creepy crawlies.

Quote:

>Hi.

>I'm hoping all you creative people can help me with ideas for a Children's
>Garden for our local library. The children's librarian is being honored, and
>our focus will be
>on children's literature depicting gardening. As a bonus, the local chapter of
>Decorative Artists and Tole painters will assist our garden club by doing
>painted elements for the garden. This should be fun and challenging. Any ideas
>would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to your response.

>Thanks, Lynne

Cathy Berry

enjoying a 'cuppa
 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by Duschac » Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I'm hoping all you creative people can help me with ideas for a Children's
>Garden for our local library.  ......

One thing I had heard of last year is to plant Sunflowers in a small square
and then use string supports to encourage Morning Glories.

I think I'd go the other route and just put in a larger area with Sunflower
walls and skip the morning glories.   You could put down wood chips and have
a room, or even a maze............ ohh... how much room do you have.  A maze
would be so much fun.

Julie

 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by LynB » Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:00:00


I did neglect to tell you the size of the area. Oops. It's small, approximately
10x18' , which is why we must rely upon the painters to created some changeable
scenes.

Lynne

 
 
 

Children's Literature Garden

Post by Tracey » Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:00:00


A couple of years ago, when all my children were fairly small, I built a
"teepee" for each of them in the garden.  I used lathe (cheap four foot long
stakes), and planted peas around the bottom, ran a few lengths of twine
around the stakes, and the pea vines crawled on up.  The kids loved to sit
inside and pick and eat peas.
  TraceyD

Quote:

>Hi.

>I'm hoping all you creative people can help me with ideas for a Children's
>Garden for our local library. The children's librarian is being honored,
and
>our focus will be
>on children's literature depicting gardening. As a bonus, the local chapter
of
>Decorative Artists and Tole painters will assist our garden club by doing
>painted elements for the garden. This should be fun and challenging. Any
ideas
>would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to your response.

>Thanks, Lynne