How to Create a Great Child-Friendly Garden

You may be reading the post title about how to create a great child-friendly garden and ask yourself “I am sure Pili said she doesn’t have a garden”. You are right, but I need to add something to that affirmation, I don’t have a proper garden YET.

In the meanwhile, we spend time with friends who really have one and who asked me help to create a child-friendly garden.

As summertime approaches, our thoughts often turn to our gardens. Over the warmer months, we spend much more time outside relaxing and entertaining. If you’ve got children then you’ll want to make sure your garden is a safe space for them to enjoy while maintaining your own sense of style and giving yourself a peaceful outdoor space to enjoy. It can be difficult to find this balance. Here are some great tips to help you get it right.


When it comes to creating a garden for children, safety is the most important thing. You’ll want to make sure the garden is fully enclosed and there’s no way for them to wander off. Make sure all your plants and bushes are safe, any chemicals and cleaning supplies are safely locked away, and that there’s plenty of grass or another soft surface for them to play on. If you want a dining area and barbeque consider putting it on a raised deck out of the way.

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Raised decking is also a great idea if you want to give yourself a relaxing space. Another option is a patio area at the other end of the garden. Try to think of your outdoors area in zones. Create a safe, soft play zone, full of toys and activities. A relaxing zone, with plants and comfortable seating. And an eating zone with room to entertain while keeping any dangerous equipment well out of the play zone.

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Colour is an essential in the garden. Make it bright and lively. Fill it with easy to look after plants, flowers, and colourful furniture. When choosing flowers, either go for cheaper options so you don’t mind if they keep getting trodden on, keep them to the adult zones, or stick to hanging baskets and window boxes. You could even paint your fencing bright colours to add some more excitement. Why not let your kids help you to choose your colours and design the space? They will love being involved and helping.

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Prepare for Rain

If you want to make the most of your garden all year around, you need to prepare for inclement weather. Consider a covered area so that even if it rains you can get outside. This will also help you to protect your outdoor toys and not have to worry about taking them inside all the time.

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By all means, find a tradesmen to help with any landscaping and difficult work. But, don’t feel like you need to spend a fortune on expensive equipment and garden toys. Your children will grow out of them in a few years anyway. Instead, see your garden as a fun space where the whole family can get involved in creating new games and growing things together.

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Remember, children grow quickly. So, try to keep things as simple as possible to make it easy to change and adapt to suit your family’s needs. Enjoy your garden. Let the kids have fun and get involved. Don’t worry about the mess!

Hope you have a wonderful week!



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  1. Keri says:

    Pili, thanks for the great tips for creating a kid friendly garden area. We have a fence around our garden, and so glad for it. Thanks for sharing your advice Pili!!

  2. Michelle says:

    Great tips and ideas Pili. I love it when the kids are in the garden instead of cooped up inside all day and what child wouldn’t want to play in sone of these super inspiring spots.

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