Designed by Chris Johnstone (Pod Playground designer), the Childrens’ Garden will be a nature-inspired space for exploration and fun. The play elements will include natural materials such as rock, timber and living plants, with initial designs showing intriguing elements such as the Willow Worm, sky windows and the Anthill Hedge. The predominance of natural materials is in contrast to the manufactured elements used in the Pod Playground, however, like the Pod, the Childrens’ Garden promises to become one of the Arboretum’s most popular attractions.
The Children’s Garden is in the final stages of concept design.Construction of the garden has been made possible through a generous donation by Peta and Brand Hoff. Construction is yet to be programmed but is likely to take place in late 2016.
It will be located in the Gallery of Gardens, adjacent to the site of a future pavilion, proposed to meet the needs of large school groups and coach tours.