An Alameda Garden: Fun and Games in the Garden

Friday, January 01, 2010

Fun and Games in the Garden

Let’s start the year out right by focusing on having fun in the garden. Clearly, San Francisco artist Nomi Klein was thinking that way when she created a giant chess game in the back yard of her home in the Outer Richmond district. As profiled by Brigid Gaffikin in the San Francisco Examiner, Klein’s fiberglass chess pieces stand on a 16’ by 16’ board made out of paving tiles. The pieces weigh about 12 pounds each and stand as tall as 43 inches high.

I’m not much of a chess player myself. My game is Scrabble and I’ve often thought about painting a large Scrabble board on the concrete patio area of my back yard. The letter tiles would be easy to create out of wood, although storing them could take up quite a bit of space.

I’ve seen articles showing outdoor checkers game boards, using flower pots as the checker pieces. Backgammon would also be fairly easy to make. But I wonder what other board games people have re-created in their yards. Monopoly? Or perhaps Clue? (Hint: It’s Professor Plum in the rose garden with the pruners.)

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  1. My mother-in-law would do the Scrabble thing, too. Right now at my house we are doing a lot of Candyland. Can you imagine a giant Candyland in someone's yard? My neighbors would kill me.

    Christine in Alaska

  2. Candyland would be so awesome! But what about Chutes and Ladders? Or Mousetrap?!


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