Over the River and Through the Woods

We made this garden feel like one of our favorite places. It is our grandma’s house with pets running around and clothes drying on the line. This Magic Garden has a small-town feel with an American flag. When recreating a place you know and love, use elements from the place or just be creative about what is there. The Magic Garden does not need to be an exact replica of the location, rather a fun reminder of a place that you love. This can also be a beautiful way to remember family members that have passed.

Make the Magic Garden

Design
  • What do we for sure want to include? Her house? Her fun    (fill in the blank)   ?
  • Should we laminate pictures of the family for the garden?
  • Should we make a garden in our garden for grandma, too?
  • Do we want to add any momentos?
Create
  1. Place the house or key landmark
  2. Add the sidewalk and flowers
  3. Place the clothes line with mini clothes (see below)
  4. Create an American flag
  5. Add people, pets and mementos
  6. Enjoy the magic of memories!
Connect
  • What makes grandma so special?
  • What do you love to do over at her house?
  • What do you think grandma’s favorite food is?
  • How old do you think grandma is?
  • How far is grandma’s house?
Plants We Used
  • Dwarf Boxwood Shrub
  • Mini Barberry ‘Crimson Pigmey’
  • Miniature Juniper Golden Cone (pictured)
  • Creeping Thyme
Materials
  • Cement House or house of your choice
  • Wood Rounds (walkway)
  • Clothes Basket and Tiny Clothes
  • Fairy, Animals, Toys and Accessories
  • DIY Clay Roses
  • DIY Paper Flag/Chop stick for Pole
  • DIY Clothes Line (see below) and Tiny Clothes Pins
Magic Basket
A Magic Basket, is a collection of extra fun that kids can take into their Magic Gardens. It can be bark, rocks, pinecones and toys - the sky is the limit. For this garden, here are a few other ideas:
Grandma and grandpa, parents, grandkids, pets, water feature, furniture, anything they enjoy doing

Make It Just Like Your Grandmas

Making the Magic Garden your own is simple. Think about what things make your Grandma’s house so special to visit, or what things remind you of your grandparents. Here are some ideas to get your started.

1Reminders: Grandma always hung clothes to dry outside, we loved to play “clothes” as the wind blew. What reminds you of your grandma’s place?

2Play: My grandma gave me a doll house – we played for hours. What did you like to do with your grandma that was really fun?

3Pets: Our grandma had a bird that  sang. Does your grandma have a pet, or are there animals or birds always in her yard to include?

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