Family gardens can be any style adapted to provide a flexible place for games, entertainment and meals. The smallest of gardens can accommodate a swing or a sandbox. Larger places can be organized to accommodate separate areas for adults and children.
Leisure time increased in the middle of XX century. The concept of a garden changed from a formal area, connected to richness, to become a part of the family daily routine. Areas for children play and family dining became the norm. Rectangle or curved designs are common but geometry and layouts vary.
Main elements in a family garden
- Play equipment: Children’s are may feature large structures and items for children fun;
- Dining furniture: seating and tables for family dining in the garden;
- Resistant plants: Evergreens and seasonal color, the main characteristic of family garden plants should be its resistance to children activity;
- Colorful materials: Bright colors are essential in a family garden, they bring light and joy to the space.
Design areas for children’s play must be thought as flexible places that need to be changed as they grow. Play structures and swings can be a great way to introduce bright colors and shape to the design. Concrete and natural stone can be used, but bark chippings or other soft materials make practcal surfaces for playing areas.
The planting in a family garden should be simple and easy to maintain avoiding sharp thorns, toxic plants and water features that may be a danger for children.