What is a Magic Garden?

A Magic Garden is a garden playground of your own creating:

  • A fun-filled mini play space you create outdoors or in that lets imaginations run wild.
  • Where your favorite toys, games or interests intersect with nature and come to life.

Where did the idea come from?

For decades, company founders have been creating Magic Gardens for their families. They experienced the joy that was created when their kids and grandkids would play in the gardens. But when neighborhood kids also began to flock to Lisa’s garden, we knew the concept ignited the creativity in the kids and it could do that nationwide too

What are the elements of a Magic Garden?

  • Toys You Love: Magic Gardens use your favorite things and helps them come to life by exciting a new way to play and engage with them in nature.
  • A Garden: Anything planted with your creativity can become a Magic Garden. A kitchen counter herb garden, a planter near the sidewalk or a full-sized garden in the yard. Each of the ideas in the book can be scaled to nearly any size garden with your own seeds of creativity. It is fun to brainstorm the garden ideas together with kids, find the best location and get the magic started.
  • You & Creativity: Magic Gardens can be simple or elaborate. Anything you can imagine, and create is great. Some you will want to plan in, and some are just fun to make, like playing with a castle, the fun changes every time. You are amazing and your Magic Garden will be amazing too.

Why are Magic Gardens important?

Today, the average American child spends as little as 30 minutes outside in unstructured play each day. We growns ups know, that’s not enough time to organize a game of Redlight Greenlight, Kick The Can, or even Ding-Dong-Ditch (however with the new camera doorbells, I don’t think kids do that anymore).

Magic Gardens helps families literally stop and smell the roses. To the right are a few trends that concerned us, and why we wanted to get kids outside.

Don’t get us wrong, we love technology. In fact, we have embedded technology aids into these pages. Technology allows us to gain and share information then nature allows us to ignite the senses, increasing our connection to the world. As we have proved in our family, Magic Gardens make you and your kids WANT to unplug.

Why are Magic Gardens important?

Today, the average American child spends as little as 30 minutes outside in unstructured play each day. We growns ups know, that’s not enough time to organize a game of Redlight Greenlight, Kick The Can, or even Ding-Dong-Ditch (however with the new camera doorbells, I don’t think kids do that anymore).

Magic Gardens helps families literally stop and smell the roses. To the right are a few trends that concerned us, and why we wanted to get kids outside.

Don’t get us wrong, we love technology. In fact, we have embedded technology aids into these pages. Technology allows us to gain and share information then nature allows us to ignite the senses, increasing our connection to the world. As we have proved in our family, Magic Gardens make you and your kids WANT to unplug.

What are considerations when planning a Magic Garden?

When planning your Magic Garden, consider theses three thoughts to help you make a great decision about where it can go physically. Use the theme ideas on the next page as your family brainstorms its Magic Garden.

1. Indoor vs.Outdoor: The theme of all the gardens work both inside and out. Inside is best for the Magic Garden if the materials are valuable to you (money-wise or sentimental-wise) or if you use things that cannot withstand rain. Inside gardens are also called container gardens. Together decide what will be in your garden, and then select inside or out.

2. Permanent vs. Moveable: In our gardens, we have both permanent and portable Magic Gardens. And there can be combinations of both. We create gardenscapes with rocks and logs and other natural elements. For instance in our dinosaur garden, we leave the small dinos in the Magic Garden all summer, and we keep the bigger ones in a tub in our porch. When it is time to play, the tub comes to the garden. A few have “run away” so now they sleep on the porch.

3. 100% Transportable: Some gardens you just bring everything outside to play and create the garden. These are 100% transportable. This is the case with our LEGO  garden page 30.

How do I select a theme?

Visit our brainstorm ideas.Brainstorm Ideas

What tools do I need?

Visit our tools section to get geared up.

I have the print book, how do the QR codes work?

It’s super simple! Hover your phone’s camera over the QR code on any page to scan it. The relevant Magic Garden web page will open. Watch the videos making gardens, learn fun facts, shop ,find lists of items used for each garden and much more.

What is a Magic Basket?

A Magic Basket, is a basket of “extra” play things for your Magic Garden. Things that let kids creativity blossom. We have created ideas for each Magic Garden about what could go in the basket based on the theme. Our basket always has sticks, rocks, paint brush, action figures, mini chair, table, matchbox car, animals, Legos, fabric, silk flowers, blocks, coins, and so much more. They are imagination starters.

Why is there a Connect Section?

This entire company was created to deepen the connections between kids and adults. You create Magic Gardens based on what the kids love – that opens them up to communicating. So to help you connect with kids, we created a connect section with each garden, these are simple questions to get kids sharing what and how them think about things – to deepen your understanding of each other – it sone of the parts of creating the gardens, the connections.

How do I get in contact with Nancy or Lisa?

You can email us at nancy@magicgardens.fun or lisa@magicgardens.fun.

Thank you so much for your interest in Magic Gardens. Together we will plant seeds of joy.