involved in planning
school children came to workshops in the Botanic Garden and many
great ideas about what kids would love to see in a new Children’s
Garden came forth.
Build an entrance to the Children’s Garden
children were given bamboo, flax, small branches and plant off cuts
and asked to build/create an entrance for The Children’s Garden.
and closed entrances with doors that opened out to a surprise
wind, movement and the sounds of the wind
their entrance was built to last, a sound device that stood up to
everything, particularly the wind!
the garden and name your favourite things
with sensory qualities
names like the coral tree which looks like it belongs in the sea.
stones and pixie tracks
wet and interacting with water.
wheeling on the lawns
to work out the meaning of art and sculptures
jumping on the tops of tree ferns
that can hurt were ‘cool’
you can climb on
with frogs and eels
activities where you can plant your own plants
bird feeders, bugs, fungus and glow worms
about the area proposed for the Children’s Garden
The children were
asked, “What was special about this area?”.
feeling of being on an island.
lookout from the edge and over.
is specially for kids, not parents, it is for us!!
lawn is good for rolling, and the trees for climbing up.
all of this information, and great feedback directly from the
children, we now have a very original, intense with ideas, Children’s
Garden concept design.
new Children’s Garden
garden for exploring, discovering and connecting with nature and
will be in the Garden:
Tree Island Lookout (at the bottom of the Garden opposite the
Lookout (above the entrance to The Trench)
Pod (high at the top of the garden built in the pohutukawa tree)
Hut (at the top entrance)
walls lining The Trench
walls of hanging ‘woolly pockets’ lining the upper production
terraces above The Learning Pavilion
– water races, dish drains, virbella flows, for play and for
capturing rain water into tanks, which is then cleaned and filtered
through a planted wetland
plant frames to provide interest and quirkiness to The Children’s
Rock Garden Trail
for climbing, exploring and sitting on
Log Trail for
climbing and playing on
Insect Hotel –
large scale for exploring and discovering bugs
which can come and go depending on the activities and the seasons
Lawn areas for
picnics and play, and seating for relaxing
The banks will be screened using
ponga and the area fenced using balustrades.
screening of areas will utilise many different organic construction
Solar panels fixed to the Learning
Pavilion will heat water
Paths and walls
will be made of a variety of materials including concrete treatments
such as fossil imprints, exposed aggregate, timber look and etching.
Earth walls, gabion gaskets and various timber will also be used.
The site will be linked by four main
paths and terraced slopes between
The Trench and
paths leading to the Learning Pavilion will be wheel chair
accessible from the bottom. Some assistance may be needed for
wheelchair access to other paths.
Children’s Garden working group has newly formed under the Friends
of Wellington Botanic Garden to fundraise the required money to build
this Garden and have it opened in 2016.
you are interested in finding out more about what they are doing with
their fundraising activities, or helping out then they would love to
hear from you.
Friends main web site http://friendswbg.org.nz/
Friends Children's Garden site http://friendswbg.org.nz/ctg/