Into the Woods for a Lot Turned into Magical Garden Rooms
Here's how an ordinary suburban lot became a nature playground for kid and adults alike—with ideas anyone can use
Playhouse Dream for a Suburban Lawn
It all started simply enough, with her son's request for a playhouse. Before that, Ellen Lathi was busy with her neurology practice and hadn't given a thought to exploring the two suburban acres around their home, in Needham, Massachusetts. Of course, young Jonathan didn't see the point of a playhouse sitting primly on the lawn; he wanted an adventurous hideaway far from the prying eyes of grown-ups.
Shown: Visiting children play in the "folly." It holds chairs, a table, and a wall of decorative baskets and buckets.