American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Enter at Your Own Risk: Creating Authentic Children’s Gardens in a Built World
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Fri June, 08 - 8:00am to 9:30am
L. Coykendall, N. Nelson, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; S. Edelson, The Arboretum at Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania; E. Didier, Didier Design Studio LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado; J. Deneen, Deneen Powell Atelier, Inc., San Diego, California

What is the role of the children’s garden within our expanding urban and suburban environment, and how do we design such gardens to ensure authentic, nature-based experiences in a fabricated space? A tension exists between our responsibility to offer a safe and welcoming environment with the ‘risky’ realities of outdoor spaces. Learn from gardens and designers how they creatively used this tension to push back against the limits and challenges of our overprotective society and address risk without compromising integrity and mission. Participants should leave feeling empowered to be creative, take a risk, and push for an approach that offers children the opportunity to truly engage with our natural world.


This session is approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.








This session is approved for 1.5 ISA credit hours.