Our senior editor Megan Padilla was at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA, in September for their annual Gala in the Gardens, chaired by Rene van Rems. The big push at the gala was to raise money for the Hamilton Children’s Garden, for which she saw the model (see photo at above).
One of the most anticipated areas of the new Children’s Garden, which opens in June, is “Toni’s Tree House”, a one-of-a-kind “climbable” tree designed by Deneen Powell Atelier, Inc., rising more than 20 feet high and blending manmade materials with living plants. Here children can crawl in the roots to unearth worms, snails and bugs, then take a rope ladder and walkways to a crow's nest where they discover nodes which illustrate the relationship between trees, plants and animals. Hamilton Children’s Garden will also include The Spell and Smell Garden, The Quiet Escape, A Mountain Stream and Meander, Birds and Butterflies and much more.
If you're in the area, check out the grand opening celebrations on June 13th.