• Landscape Design & Build,  Landscapes & Gardens,  park

    Have you taken the kids to a park recently?

    This classic park surrounding the simply stunning Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is in Kansas City.

    It is a great place to start – as long as the temperature are being kind !

    Anyone for Badminton?
    Anyone for Badminton?

    The museum has an exhibit which kids would really enjoy, as long as they are accompanied, it’s a glass Labyrinth.

    Picture credit to Chris Smart
    Picture credit to Chris Smart

    In other countries..

    Alternatively, if you were across the pond in say Paris, France.  You could visit a more modern looking park. I think this is  Parc de Villette

    Park in Paris
    Porte de Villette, Paris

    or perhaps a more tropical park in say Honolulu.

    A stunning park in Honolulu

    Sometimes just the local school has a pleasant surprise in store, as this school in south London achieved.

    A school quiet garden
    A school quiet garden

    Most parks are designed and built to a  high engineering standard. They can last a long time without needing costly repairs.

    Over the years we designed & built a huge array of children’s play areas, mostly in parks or on community housing sites, occasionally in a school, the one above was a really fun project, quite a few years ago now.

    The idea was to have a theme for the closed in ‘quiet’ area, so the architect suggested a ‘Kentish Riverbank’  We developed a dry river bed using kidney stones set in a flowing pattern, added a jetty to link the ‘Oast’ house from the ‘Kentish Barn’ , included a loading ramp – to enable wheel chair access. 

    Then created a few sail boats with trees for masts and sails. All the planting was native to a Kentish riverbank along the dry river, with more architectural plants around the edge.

    We added a ‘hump back bridge’ in natural stone & a fallen oak tree, from years back when there was a very large storm.

    A Quiet School Garden
    School Garden

    One of the art teachers had the kids create a whole series of ceramic fish which we set into the river bed,  they make excellent brass rubbings !

    Ceramic Fish for Riverbed.
    Ceramic Fish for Riverbed.

    Children love to interact with nature, they also enjoy movement. They oddly like some risk. You will notice though that here we kept away from moving objects as this was a ‘Quiet Garden’ .

    City parks in recent years have tended away from moving pieces of play equipment, mainly due to the liability from accidents, they use a more static type of play equipment, although the classic swing is still in evidence in many parks to this day.

    More awareness of other dangers has lead to many play areas being fenced in, to protect the children playing.

    Visiting a local farm is yet another wonderful experience “Pick you Own’ farms can be a wonderful treat for the kids..

    Fruit picking
    Fruit picking

    Here in Weston, Missouri we have a classic old style farm that is just enchanting.

    Early one morning , Weston Red Barn Farm
    Early one morning , Weston Red Barn Farm

    Ann & I, interviewed Farmer Steve last week he will be on our show very soon, to tell you how busy he is kept with  all his animals and field of fruit and pumpkins not to mention around 15,000 kids visiting his farm each year !

    You can hear our other interviews at  Growing Trends

    Or you can visit our show web site at Landscape Knowledge.com   to read more

    Enjoy your weekend, thank you for reading our blog, we would love to hear from you.

    Ann & Chris

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  • Edibles,  Food,  Gardening,  gardens,  Landscapes & Gardens,  Nature,  Vegetable Growing

    Gowing Trends – this weeks interviews

    Hello to our Growing band of followers.

    We pre-recorded both of these interviews a few weeks ago, each is really quite special, and is the start of a series of Horticultural interviews with a Different Perspective.

    We have to thank Dr. Richard Benfield for this, we interviewed Richard in Australia – he will be on the show shortly. Richard was fresh from watching three kangaroos demolish a fence in front of his vehicle as he drove in Western Australia.

    Richard is a professor whose research has revealed some fascinating facts – for instance food & garden tourism attracts over 78 million visitors a year across the USA !

    So here is the first in this series, we hope to add one a month within the programming, please do let us know what you think, any ideas or requests.

    "Did I say that ?"
    “Did I say that ?”

    This weeks show is from two truly outstanding places –

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s superb Sculpture Park.

    Being a transplanted ‘Brit’ , living in Kansas City, I was amazed to find 13 Henry Moore statues in our midst, they are like a place of inspiration, and just get the creative juices flowing for this designer.

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a gem, here in the American heartland.

    Anyone for Badminton?
    Anyone for Badminton?

    The sculpture park is celebrating 25 years this year, it is a must see attraction in Kansas City. So on a rather windy evening Ann & I called in to interview the Sanders Sosland Curator, Jan Schall, Ph.D.

    The park covers some 22 acres, in the middle of Kansas City, just along from the Plaza. It was opened in 1989, designed by Dan Kiley & Jaquelin Robertson, there are more than 30 sculptures.

    The Sculpture Park is FREE to the public, open year round during daylight hours, and a wonderful place to have a picnic!

    One of the many Henry Moore Sculptures
    One of the many Henry Moore Sculptures

    The Kauffman Memorial Garden

    This is a truly beautiful garden, superbly maintained by Duane and his volunteer staff, the garden has so many wonderful plants in this walled garden’s micro -climate, the attention to detail , the care make this probably one of the best gardens in Kansas City

    Absolutely stunning at this time of year !
    Absolutely stunning at this time of year !

    The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden draws inspiration from the couple’s journey through life and their commitment to share with others. It is an enduring gift for Kansas City that extends the legacy of a gracious couple and welcomes visitors to a vibrant landscape throughout the year.

    The Kauffmans’ world travels inspired the creation of a space comparable to parks throughout Europe. The garden features bronze sculptures by Tom Corbin among lush and colorful annual and perennial plantings, pruned foliage framed by stone walls, brick walkways and playful fountains.

    Looking back towards the entrance walkway
    Looking back towards the entrance walkway

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