Dawn Isaac

Garden designer and mother

Take your children into the garden, give them a bucket and trowel, then just watch what happens!

I am an RHS Chelsea medal-winning garden designer with a speciaity in designing family, school and pre-school gardens. When not designing, I also write on my favourite topics - garden design and children's gardening - as well as trying to pass on a love of gardening to my own three children - Ava, Oscar and Archie.

My first book, Garden Crafts for Children, was published in 2012 and for the last three years I have also served as the horticultural adviser on the award-winning Cbeebies show, Mr Bloom’s Nursery. If you haven't seen it, you should. There are singing aubergines.


** Please note the contents of this blog reflect the views of its author and are not necessarily those of the RHS **

Dawn's posts and conversations

  • Collecting seeds with chidren

    Seed collecting is perfect for the lazy gardener.  Whenever someone looks sniffily at your

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  • Play the autumn treasure memory game

    Autumn is a generous season. Winter is dramatic, spring is enthusiastic and summer's just a

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  • How to plant a bulb bucket

    "There's a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, there's a hole in my bucket. de

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  • How to make a wind clunk

    Yesterday took 'blustery' to a whole new level, so perhaps it's fitting that I'

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  • Making autumn crowns

    It's half term next week...this has come as something of a shock to me...

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  • Starting them young

    Last week at pre-school gardening club we were channelling Pete Beale...

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  • Harvesting potatoes with the under-fives

    As pre-school gardening activities go, there is little that can beat harvesting potatoes. In fa

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  • Building fairy houses

    My children are surprisingly taken by the world of architecture and interiors

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  • The Summer Holiday 'I'm Bored' Jar

    As Charles Caleb Colton once wrote, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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  • How to plant a lettuce ball

    My veg growing this year has taken something of a Darwinian turn.  Forget carefully chosen

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  • Snail racing

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  • 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

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  • Look! Pretty flowers! It must be a blog post all about pretty flowers...

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  • Christmas trees: the makeover

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  • February gardening… in March

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  • Apple tree pruning for kids

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  • Five years on

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  • Making Child-Friendly Christmas Wreaths

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  • How to make cress heads elves

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  • Paperwhite Narcissii and teachers' presents

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  • Making mini ponds

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  • Time for a gardening rebrand

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  • Making a moonlight garden with children

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  • Toilets, curiosity and planting beans

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  • Flower fairies and magic numbers

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  • Flower arranging with the under 5s

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  • NGS garden openings and last minute plant sales

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  • Planting a tin bath herb garden

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  • Downsizing sheds

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  • Garden mirrors and Ground Force

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  • Snow painting

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  • Goat willow, iris pots and anarchy

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  • Snow lanterns, ski jackets and thermal wellies

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  • Kids' Garden Christmas Gifts: Rounders, Egglings and carrots called Coriander

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  • Artificial grass, TOWIE tans and never saying never

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  • Glue sticks, autumn leaves and centaur hooves

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  • Loire Valley gardens, pot snails and giant moles

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  • Yorkshire runs, Harlow Carr and lattes

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  • Crank calls, TV shows and mud pies

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  • Seed bombs, margarine tubs and wafer thin mints

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  • NGS open garden: the kids' version

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  • Over-sized sunhats, cake and catching the light

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  • NGS and School Garden Openings

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  • Mother's Day, wooden kitchens and second childhoods

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  • Progressive suppers, sunglasses and paddling pools

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  • Pocket money, seed packets and odd socks

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  • Swing sets, Danish dramas and significant birthdays

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  • How to make a sprouting Valentine's day card

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  • Can you tell what it is yet?

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  • The end of a chicken dream... and some white lines

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  • Tractor tyre sandpit

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  • Archie's bird feeders - the how to video

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  • Garden design inspiration

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