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Weezie's Children's Garden

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WELLESLEY, Mass. -

We're still kids and this is our garden! This is a great example of a children's garden called Weezie's Garden for Children in Wellesley, Massachusetts, at Elm Bank, the Mass Horticultural Society's headquarters. What's great about this garden and great about a lot of children's gardens, is the different rooms in it.

It's really an exciting place to go and a kid can get lost here for hours just exploring all of the little nooks and crannies. I like when you're here you don't feel like you have to be a kid to enjoy it. It's a garden for everybody. It's beautiful.

Look at the butterfly garden, for example. Look at all the color that's in there, the diversity of flowers from the rudbeckia to the Joe Pye weed. There are all different kinds of flowers that will attract butterflies. If you had an aerial view, it's actually planted in the shape of a butterfly. I saw a lot of goldfinches in there. They're liking it, too.

They have fun little vignettes. If you go into the bird house area, you see not only all of the bird houses as you go in, they created these little nests with cushions, too. The kids can pretend they are little birds waiting for their moms to come.

There are little secret places for meetings behind the Joe Pye weed patch, so you can get kids together in a quiet little space. There's, of course, water features, because water is so important for any garden. This one is looks like an important aquifer for the Boston area, so they want to teach about all of the different wildlife and the quality of water.

And then they have beautiful structures built with rustic materials, like this great tower that looks down over the garden with the bird houses hanging on it. Around the back you see nice little, edible gardens that has a whole area set up for a tea party! Wouldn't you like to have a tea party there!

And then finally, what would a children's garden be without a fairy garden? There are logs you can crawl through. There are fairly houses that have been built and it's just a quiet shady spot where you can go and just explore the magic.

So any garden that has children in it is going to have a lot of imagination and this garden is a great example of that.

~By Charlie Nardozzi

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