Vondelpark sandbox

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I really like this elegant sandbox/labyrinth arrangement in a corner of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark (spotted during a recent 24-hour stopover in the city).

I think the hedges are hornbeam supported from within by wires and posts.

There’s a brief history of the sandbox here, in the blog Playscapes.

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The Sunday porch: New York City

Murray house, 1922, NYC, by Frances B. Johnston, via Library of CongressAwning-covered back terrace of the Murray house, 129 East 69th Street, New York City, 1922. Hand-colored glass lantern slide by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This looks so pleasant, but I also like the view in the other direction.

Murray house, 1922, NYC, by Frances B. Johnston, via Library of CongressLooking from the terrace to the sandbox, same house, photographer, and source.

What a nice-looking small outdoor space for both the parents and a child. (For grass, they had Central Park only three blocks away.)

According to the Library’s online catalogue, this garden was designed by Clarence Fowler. It was awarded the second prize for a city garden at the 1922 City Gardens Club of New York City photography exhibition at the New York Camera Club. Today, the house and garden no longer exist.

Johnston used these slides in her lectures on city and suburban gardens.