the journey of discovering what plants need to grow begins. The first element to explore is the Earth Garden, a giant sand pit with a quirky play hut village surrounded by Bamboo plants, tunnel slides for muddy adventures and a totem pole with unique

carvings showing the germination process of an acorn. Next along the trail is the Air Garden, with

winding paths, giant windmill flowers, colourful pollen spheres, hammocks, swings and trampolines. A mini amphitheatre nestled under the shade of some of Kew’s largest Eucalyptus trees can be used for storytelling, or for parents to sit and keep an eye on their little explorers. The Sun Garden is next; a large open space where children can let their imagination run wild beside a ring of sunflowers, cherry trees and pink candy floss grass. Intricate pergolas festooned with colourful climbing plants and apple trees trained along a tunnel of hoops will take children on a sensory adventure. Lastly, the Water Garden - sponsored by Thames Water - is filled with water pumps for kids to control the flow of the water into a splash pool. Waterlily shaped stepping stones will encourage children to hop along the different streams and engage them in the importance of the water cycle to plants.

For those slightly older and more adventurous children, a giant log scramble sits among the pine trees, waiting to be

climbed. The challenge is to get across to the leaning tower without touching the ground!

added to this space. These ‘old giants’ are part of what makes the garden unique and will capture the imagination of kids and adults alike as they explore the pathways and different elements of the garden. “The new Children’s Garden is a wonderful addition to the Kew landscape and will add real value to the family experience, giving young visitors the opportunity to see nature in a new way,” says Sandra Botterell, director of marketing and commercial at RBG Kew. “Spaces like this are essential for children to grow and develop a relationship with plants, understand their importance, as well as to have fun.” 35

The garden is primarily aimed at children aged two to 12. Inspired by the desire to encourage kids to develop a lasting relationship with and love for plants and nature, it features more than 100 mature trees, including ginkgo, pines, sweet chestnut, beech and eucalyptus. The site already had 62 mature trees in place, including Eucalyptus and Turkey Oaks, and a further 40 mature trees were

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