When it comes to local exploring, Mila and I are on a mission. Our latest go to place was the Clary Gardens in Coshocton, Ohio.
Located right by Roscoe Village, the gardens are a secret escape to play and learn for all.
There are so many aspects of the gardens that I love. Since I’m a planty person, seeing the different types of plants and flowers was magical. Believe me, everywhere you look is beautiful.
I’ve actually been planning on taking Mila here for a little while. On the Clary Gardens Facebook page, I saw them advertise their Story Walk and knew we had to go.
Mila is set anytime learning and being active is involved. So, we put our go-fasters on and went on our way.
Here were our favorite parts of the trip, besides the beauty of the gardens!
The Story Walk Trail
This isn’t a secret, the Story Walk was our favorite part of our visit!
Clary Gardens, the Coshocton Public Library, and The Frontier Power Company teamed up to make this walk happened. They plan to change out the story seasonally, so that means we’ll be going back!
This season’s story was Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. It’s an adorable book about, you guessed it, a giraffe that can’t dance.
As you walk through the trail, you get to read more pages in the book.
Mila loved this and was searching for the page stands. Throughout the walk, I asked her to recap what happened from the pages before. She did amazing and was really engaged with the Story Walk!
The walk also lets you explore the gardens more. It gives you beautiful views of the property and a little walking trail that is safe for kids. Mila’s favorite parts of the trail was walking by the pond and going into the woods.
This book choice was perfect for us too, since Mila loves to dance. She danced right with the different animals in the book.
It was a fun adventure through the gardens and I love seeing Mila’s love for reading expand. Spoiler alert, the giraffe dances at the end and Mila did a little celebration dance with him.
Check out the video at the end of this post.
Along the Story Walk was this big and beautiful, wooden octopus.
The octopus is all hand carved and hanging from a tree. He slightly sways if you touch him or the wind blows hard. This freaked Mila out a little, but she warmed right up to him.
I am completely amazed by all the details in the octopus. From the tentacle suckers to the big eyes, Mila and I both had a hard time walking away.
The size and detail reminded me of the wooden giants at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Louisville. That was our last adventure before COVID. Except the giants were even bigger. It was still nice to be reminded of that memory.
When you go to Clary Gardens, definitely seek out the octopus.
Since I’ve become a mom, finding a place where Mila can play is a must. Clary Gardens has a big area set aside just for this!
There’s different areas for kids to crawl through, climb on, and play. The sandbox was Mila’s favorite! Fortunately, there were buckets and shovels already provided for kids to use.
I personally appreciated the vegetable garden areas. Mila and I were looking to see if any had grown and trying to identify the leaves. Just another learning opportunity that we had to take.
The beautiful artwork at the side of the play area was so cute too.
After her time in the sandbox, Mila pointed out the colors and different things on the mural. She immediately ran up to the butterflies and pretended to be one.
This would be a perfect spot for a play date. You could picnic here (or any of the gazebos) while the kids played. The kids would have so many options to play and moms could get some shade and catch up.
Here’s a little compilation video of our visit. My favorite is Mila’s dance at the end.
The gardens offer even more too. Not only can you get married here or hold an event, it has a beautiful amphitheater too. There’s a few plays by Rogue Elephant Productions coming up in the near future that I need to go see.
If you’re local to Coshocton, plan out your visit to the Clary Gardens soon!
Have you ever been to the Clary Gardens? If not, do you have local gardens that are similar?