American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Learning and Growing: Redefining Children’s Garden Landscapes for over 100 Years
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 05 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
T. Zastrow, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; R. Juetten, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota; C. Sandoval, Children's Fairyland, Oakland, California

For over 100 years, children have cultivated their creative nature in children's gardens. Join this session to learn about three different children's gardens and their successes and evolution since inception. Brooklyn Botanic Garden built the first children's garden over 100 years ago and today is still a place where children learn firsthand about the natural world. Since opening in 1950, Children’s Fairyland is a storybook-themed amusement park, designed with horticultural roots, which provided inspiration to Walt Disney himself. The youngest garden, the Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, opened five years ago and is known as the “garden of yes.” From this presentation, walk away with lessons learned and discover the elements that withstand time along with the latest trends.