Whenever I look back on my garden travels, I find that my favorites tend to be the smaller ones with more of a personal feel. Ones that I can take my time walking through without feeling like I have to hurry in order to see the entire garden.
Recently, I visited a small garden run by Washington State University that is located in Mount Vernon, WA. The WSU Discovery Garden was designed by master gardeners and divided up into multiple smaller-themed gardens filled with creative elements.
I am a strong proponent of teaching children the joys of gardening, so I was especially excited to explore the Children’s Garden.
The gateway to the garden started down a ‘yellow brick road’ through an archway with weeping mulberry growing on it, creating the impression of entering through a green tunnel into a land of make-believe.
The curving pathway that ran down the center of the garden, included the game of ‘hopscotch’. I confess that I had an overwhelming impulse to hop down the pathway, but restrained myself. But, it did bring back memories of playing hopscotch on the playground when I was in elementary school!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the rules of ‘hopscotch’, there were helpful instructions.
Other areas in the garden included a small playground set and a bench that encircled a small tree.
Two vertical gardening towers stood sentinel in the center of the garden and was planted with strawberries and carrots.
In the corner of the Children’s Garden, sat Alice with the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.
Insect hotels are typically made up of scrap bits of wood and hollow bamboo reeds.
This hotel was quite fancy and had a roof planted with hen and chicks succulents.