garden design

AH garden design

Key design principles

Key principles for this design were:

  • work with what we have to meet kindergarten needs and keep on a low budget
  • create niches to provide a garden which meets the needs of small children
  • work with and make visible natural cycles.

Structural design

  • improve patio area to meet Ofsted standards, in particular refurbish fencing and sand pit
  • make good the patio brickwork
  • improve drainage: make good the sunken drains, improve fencing of sand pit, regular clearing of drains written in to kindergarten hire agreement
  • ensure space for adult users of the area.

Planting design

Woodland niche

Create a woodland niche in the shadiest part of the garden and to allow children to experience the first spring bulbs, moss and lichen, shady, secret areas for mini-den building.

Fruit and herb niche

In the sunniest bed of the garden on the wall of the building, plant a fruit bush, flowers and herbs for picking for breakfast and teas by the children.


Are shaded in the afternoon and have existing trees. Working with what is there, keep the dogwood to be used for woodwork, the spindle tree for the flowers, the weeping birch for its light shade. Replace the worn herbaceous layer with flowers for a long season and annual veg growing well in the shade and which can be picked and eaten.

Herbal remedy pots

Pots planted for common ailments, such as tummy ache, colds, coughs, for the children to pick and make tea with.