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Children experience the world differently from adults, and gardens are no exception. This presentation will review a study of how elementary school-age children perceive gardens. What are children's preferences for place elements, colors, activities, and design? Moreover, how are these perceptions influenced by a child's stage of development?

It is my argument that if children's perceptions of gardens actually influence the design of gardens, children will be more likely to play and participate in garden environments. The second part to this presentation will demonstrate the practical application of this research. A description of how the Children's Garden at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA) included children's perceptions into its purpose and design will be presented.

To conclude, areas for future research and methods for practical application will be identified.