Despite the fact that I am a ‘grown up’ and don’t yet have any children, the children’s garden really called to me. The garden is well designed to be attractive to adult carers while being fun for children of all ages and abilities. If you plan to visit the garden while in Albury, be aware that the children’s garden is closed on Wednesdays (except during NSW school holidays) – note the website doesn’t say anything about this… We were only in Albury for a night and of course it was a Wednesday, so we nearly missed out on visiting this part of the garden. Luckily we were able to pop in after we checked out of our hotel the next day.
The first thing you’ll see in the children’s garden, is the life-sized dinosaur. Pretty much all children are captivated by dinosaurs at some point so it’s a great addition to the garden. The best bit though, is the fact that there is a speaking tube built into the structure. I’m sure it’s a big hit with the children – but even us adults had a go too 🙂
There’s also a smaller dinosaur that children can climb on. The surface around it is nice and spongy so if anyone falls off, they’re protected from serious injuries. I’d still recommend carefully watching any children in your care though.
Other than the dinosaurs, there were many other sculptures throughout the garden.
Indeed, I think the ratio of plants to hard-landscaping features was pretty good.
And the sculptures aren’t just for show. The castle below is actually the public toilets and drinking water fountains.
There are also educational sections for the garden. Both adults and children alike can see what edible plants are in season at any given time of the year. The central sculpture within the edible garden even illustrates the transformation of a female squash flower into a ripe pumpkin.
Speaking of plants, the species selected for the garden have obviously been carefully chosen to simulate a prehistoric environment.
There are also places for adults to sit while they keep an eye on their young charges.
I particularly admire the way the garden designers have used plants as interactive elements to the garden. The living cubbies are a perfect example and they would be easy to replicate in a home garden.
In addition to living cubbies, there is also a hut built from dead plant material. Again, this is something a home gardener could consider putting in their own garden.
Just like the broader gardens, the children’s garden contains a (fully fenced) water feature with the added benefit of a water-relevant mural behind it.
Really, I could go on all day about the many wonderful features of this garden.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Albury Botanic Gardens and are inspired to visit if you’re ever in the area. Even if you can’t visit the garden, hopefully you’ve picked up a couple of ideas for things you might include in your own garden – whether it needs to be child friendly or not.