Planting design and plant selection have a major impact on nature play’s success, and are directly tied to ecological diversity, a site’s attractiveness, and health benefits to the users.
Planting design should be considered as an integral part of a project’s play value. Designers should place plants in a way that creates spaces, guides children through the site, and provides opportunity for interaction. Shade trees can be used to create a canopy and encourage creative play. Meanwhile, other tree species can be selected for climbing, allowing children to connect directly with the living plant.
The definitive resource for planning strategies that support the incorporation of nature play and natural learning spaces into built environments, such as parks, schools, health-care facilities, and science and cultural centers.