Updated: Oct 22, 2019
When Ethan was born I knew straight away that I wanted to try my best to encourage him to play outside. I know today is all about tablets, TV and game consoles but I wanted him to enjoy the outdoors as I did as a kid, climbing trees, catching bugs and making the most of the great outdoors. This is where the idea of 'Ethan's Garden' derived from.
'I wanted to create a space he would want to play in, one which would grow with him and one which we could develop and improve upon as he grew'
What inspired my decisions
It took me months researching the best solution for the space we had in our garden. The area I picked was a wasted space which consisted of gravel with a large gazebo within the space. I didn't want to rush the garden as I wanted it to be perfect and obviously last for a number of years. Ethan is a very energetic little boy and so I needed a garden which would challenge him and give him enough to entertain him.
There were a number of climbing frames I kept looking at but I eventually chose the Plum Wooden Lookout Tower. This was due to the range of accessories which it came with, and also the height of the slide. A lot of the slides suggested for 2 year olds were smaller, and so I felt he would grow out of them too quickly. It has taken him a while to get used to the depth and fastness of the slide but now he loves it. (#playground #Ethansgarden #Climbingframe)
Within Ethan's Garden we were lucky to have a gazebo within the space. We have used this space within the garden and it has now become a place for his bench and also his tool bench. I have decorated the space with flags and also placed the wooden painted steps around the side.
We choose rubber bark chippings to cover the ground as we felt these would last longer than wood and they also look great. They come in a variety of colours and so you can jazz your garden up or opt for a neutral tone like we did.
“A magical space which will develop with time”
I am constantly looking at how I can develop his garden and have a number of ideas in mind already for next summer. I want to ensure I develop the space as Ethan grows so that he doesn't get bored of the space. I am sure in time he will ask for certain things to be added but for now I am happy developing it with my ideas.