3 Reasons Teachers don’t Teach Outdoors

There is a saying amongst outdoor educators that there is no bad weather to teach in. Living in Queensland our climate is such that teachers should be able to teach outdoors most of the year-round. So, what is stopping them? After working with schools and kindergartens for many years. My discussions with teachers have led me to find three main arguments which come up time and time again. These are the main reasons teachers are not using teaching outdoors. 1) “We have nowhere to do it”. Now I would say that all schools have places teachers can take students. However, […]

Why Is Nature Play Important?

Through the combination of natural environments and unstructured play, a child’s development can be enhanced. How? Unstructured play affects the way in which a child’s brain develops. What is unstructured play? While there is no dictionary definition it is commonly defined as “an unsupervised activity which children partake without adult interference”. The play is run, directed, and changed by the children playing without adult interference. It can take a simple form or something much more complex which can last for days. Unstructured play can have so many positive outcomes for our children. There is an increase in the development of […]

Designing With Plants On Podiums – Problems You Need To Consider

As a designer, I am working on more projects where the garden does not touch the earth. They are becoming part of multistorey buildings or on top of car parks. They are climbing up walls and screening areas we don’t want to see. Designers are trying to spread the “green” across the city. Designing with plants on podiums and buildings is one way to do this. These types of gardens can be amazing. Yet, they are not without their challenges. A little thought at the beginning of a project can ensure a lot less pain later on when designing with […]

Understanding How the Design Process Works

I know there are many people out there that do not understand the design process. It seems to be some mystical thing where you start by talking to someone and end up with drawings of what looks to be a great space. There are several things you can do to make sure you as the client end up getting the results you want. Design is a cyclic process. Now, what do I mean by that? Designers use what is called a cyclic (occurring in circles) process to develop ideas (See Figure 1 below). Figure 1 ETC Model (Based on ETC […]

How to Get Help Designing Your Garden

Photo by Tim Cooper on Unsplash You want to do something with your garden. It’s a common occurrence, that sometimes we get to a point where we would like to do something with our garden. That something bugs you, and after looking at Pinterest wondering through the aisle at Bunnings and driving yourself crazy you decide that you might need the help of a professional. Before you go through the process of working out who you are going to hire, I would suggest you ask yourself the questions below and work out which category you fit into. First Question – […]