Child’s play

Follow garden designer Kim Wilde’s advice and use sound to encourage your children to get out in the garden.
“This year I’ve placed wind chimes in my garden to help create a relaxing atmosphere for my children”, she says. “Of course, children aren’t always in the mood to relax, so for noisier moments I’ve made a giant xylophone from sticks of elder. I’ve also planted grasses, honesty, poppies and bamboos, which all make fantastic noises in the wind.”
For more ideas, take a look at her new book, Gardening with Children (Collins, £ 14,99). To order a copy, call Harper Collins on 0870 7871732.