KID HEAVEN

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Front Page -

For­get the Worzel Gum­midge im­age of bird­both­er­ers. The scare­crows on show in­clude cy­clists, swim­mers, fencers and foot­ballers, as well as two Andy Mur­rays (which at the very least should make him ques­tion his hair­style).

An­other reg­u­lar draw for chil­dren are the Con­cep­tual Gar­dens, near the Thames En­trance. Part gar­dens, part in­stal­la­tions, th­ese tend to be more in­ter­ac­tive than the show gar­dens. Many in­vite vis­i­tors to walk through them, and even touch and feel.

For angst-rid­den teenagers, they pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss ter­ror­ism, pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change or even the ex­ploita­tive prac­tices of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies. The pre­pubescent crowd, how­ever, are likely to re­duce the philo­soph­i­cal state­ments to: the one with the tun­nel (Light at the End of the Tun­nel), the one with the bridge and big box (The Co­ral Desert), and the one with the fake grass (Pos­ses­sion).

If you see any square-eyed chil­dren wail­ing in de­spair in front of Si­mon Web­ster’s gar­den (Do Not Ad­just Your Set), don’t be fooled. This won’t be a sud­den po­lit­i­cal awak­en­ing, but just shock at see­ing a gi­ant tele­vi­sion

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