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Fortlandia wrapping up on the Wildflower Heart

January 10, 2022

With Fortlandia ending quickly on the Girl Fowl Johnson Wildflower Heart, my daughter and I popped over final week to take a look at the annual set up of inventive, nature-themed, designer-made forts. This 12 months at the very least one of many forts can also be lit up at evening as a part of Luminations, the backyard’s winter mild present, which runs via the top of January.


Silvana (by Ben Busche/Brut Deluxe) is my favourite for visible impact and grownup enjoyable, with rainbow-hued plexiglass panels inset with stems and leaves. Constructed like a funhouse maze, you roam the reflective partitions and attempt to discover your means out.

At evening the construction involves life with coloured lights.

Critter Café

The Critter Café (by Floopalina) is a super-cute, camper-style play kitchen or meals truck “pulled” by a tractor.

A drink-sipping squirrel perches atop the cedar-post roof, promoting the kitchen to passersby.

Two younger women had been busy whipping up some tasty imaginary treats once we stopped by.

Critter Stack

Equally named Critter Stack (by Colorspace and Texas State Wildlife Society) is an A-frame hideout with a climbing wall and ramp.

It jogs my memory of the impediment course in An Officer and a Gentleman. Do not forget that character arc? Anybody?


With dealing with lounge seats for enjoyable and a high degree for climbing and balancing, Join wins for greatest total design, for my part, and greatest story. In line with the backyard’s Fb web page, the fort “was born within the sketchbook of Jack Wilson, a youngster with Down Syndrome. Maybe the best problem of incapacity is loneliness and isolation. Jack needed to create an area the place individuals might ‘chillax’ collectively, so he collaborated with Attain Architects and StoryBuilt to do precisely that. The ultimate result’s a wood, two-level construction with tunnels, ladders and loungers — all designed to foster play and connection.”

Go, Jack, and nice job!

The inexperienced and blue colour scheme is good too, as is its setting in a grove of oaks.

Throughout the Rooms

Throughout the Rooms (by the Masketeers) is a extra standard fort, at the very least from the skin.

However the inside is completely different with black tarp partitions adorned with white sketches of decor and pets, like this chicken in a cage…

…and a potted plant.

Capillary Motion

Capillary Motion (by Asakura Robinson), a straw-tube illustration of tree roots, is a bit flattened after months of exhausting play, however the idea is intriguing. I think about a number of children have had enjoyable balancing on the meandering tubes and climbing its arched bridges.

I didn’t get pics of Fort Construct, a build-your-own house with all types of fort-building supplies, nor Builder Boards, one other build-your-own building. However in each locations, children had been having enjoyable creating their very own hideaways.

Globe lights (not a fort, simply cool)

I can’t resist exhibiting this tree all decked out for Luminations with moon-like globes. It’s lovely even within the daytime. At evening it have to be wondrous…

…particularly as a result of on-line pics present the globes glowing in pastel colours. I’m sorry to have missed seeing Luminations this 12 months, however my household and I simply ran out of time.

If you want to go play at Fortlandia, it runs via January 30. You have to make a reservation prematurely. (How I stay up for the day when the reservation system ends, permitting for spontaneity once more). Sadly, resulting from a just-announced staffing scarcity, the Wildflower Heart can be closed this week till Saturday the fifteenth, once they plan to reopen. So issue that into your planning. And greatest needs to the Wildflower Heart in getting up and working once more quickly, particularly if individuals are out resulting from covid.

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