month Stephen Anderton started our column about kids’
gardening with a few encouraging ideas. This month Stephen’s
daughter, Eleanor Anderton (aged 15), tells us about
some of her favourite things to do in the garden
I've spent most of my life in and around gardens, as
my Dad's a gardener. Even when I was tiny I remember
planting out seedlings, learning to name ferns we saw
on walks, growing oaks from acorns, and picking (well,
mostly eating!) the strawberries and blackcurrants from
the veg patch.
As I got older my views on what is good in a garden
changed. I'm now more interested in the design side
of gardening and like to see big, bold and colourful
shapes and the use of water and the different modern
architectural materials, such as glass and metal.
When it comes to flowers I like the brightly coloured
ones with large faces. The sunflowers in our garden
last year were just right, and so were all the tulips
What I hate about some gardens is the endless scattered
beds of feathery, bitty flowers. I like to see a well-considered
shape even in a flowerbed.
I like our garden, though I am still working on trying
to get my Dad to build us a log flume into the design!
We spend quite a bit of time thinking about new ideas
about what to do next. I am very proud to say that last
week I won the battle over the placing of our new silver
ball chair, and it's now in the bamboo grove at the
bottom of the garden!
reprinted with permission from Greenfingers.com