Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2012
Rockin’ Robin at The Children’s Play Garden
Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes
The first thing I noticed as I walked into the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show PlayGarden, was the beautiful vintage stove, sink and kitchen cabinets, in a white, red and robin’s egg blue color scheme that takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen. The vintage kitchen fits right in with the catchy tune, “Rockin’ Robin,” also popular in the 1950’s. Since birds are the inspiration for the PlayGarden this year, the children are on the hunt for birdhouses in all of the display gardens. Each year the show sponsors a treasure hunt through the show gardens. The treasure hunt forms are available at the PlayGarden and at the Show Information booths.
As I walked through the door bidding me to go play outside, I noticed a cute sand box filled with bird seed and shovels. The kids love to sift the seed through their hands, mounding up and dismantling seed piles as they play in the seed box.
Next, I came across a table with bits of yarn and twine where the kids are engrossed in making birds’ nests.
Of course, what would a play garden be without the opportunity to dig in the dirt and plants some pretty flowers? Here you see some pretty red primulas, ready to be planted again and again in the window boxes.
The PlayGarden also features a bird nest stage, headlining musicians such as Caspar Babypants and Lisa Taylor with the Creepin’ Critters, to entertain the young and the young at heart.
There are lots of other activities for young and older kids, such as playing ping pong, petting the bunnies, playing in the playhouse kitchen and much more!