Houston Museum of Natural Science

Designing Gardens for Children – Inspired by The Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 – Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

06:30 PM

Gardens are gateways for instilling a sense of wonder and stewardship in children about the natural world. Time outdoors creates memories that last a lifetime. And, designing an interactive and engaging garden where children can play and learn doesn't mean losing style and elegance--innovative family gardens can be well-designed for the whole family. This illustrated workshop looks at key elements of flow, color, planting, refuge, seating, games, and wildlife. It also considers concepts of child development, design adaptability and creating opportunities for children to explore their senses, take risks and keep safe.

Landscape historian and garden designer, Kathryn Aalto is an American writer, designer, historian and lecturer living in Exeter, England. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect, teaching the literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. Following the presentation, Aalto will sign copies of her NY Times Bestseller "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood."


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Members $12, Tickets $18

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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