Review of101 Things For Kids to do Outsideby Emma Townshend in the Independent.
"Dawn Isaac is one of those likeable people with a leopard-print coat, a bit of décolletage on show, nice leather boots and a quarantinable laugh. So when I first met her, enjoying cocktails before 9am at the Chelsea Flower Show, I sort of assumed that a woman with this level of ability to enjoy herself must be single and fancy-free.
In fact, she is the mother of three children, Ava, Oscar and Archie, all of whom seem to like her despite her evident skills at partying, and she works a day job as a garden designer as well as being horticultural adviser to CBeebies' Mr Bloom."
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Dawn quoted in an article on the need to improve our wildlife knowledge in the Independent.
"But should we care if we can't tell the difference between a frog and a toad – especially when it's squashed? In fact, do most of us have any chance of naming what we see in a normal day around the world? And does it matter?
The answer, I'd argue, is yes, yes, yes. Dawn Isaac, the enthusiastic author of 2014's stand-out 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside, agrees. "I do actually think," says Dawn, "that it's bloody important to know the names of species. Not for the sake of amassing facts but because knowing the name of anything means you suddenly notice it more. Tell someone the difference between stretcher bond, English garden wall and Flemish bond, and brick patterns will leap out at them. Watch a couple of episodes of Tractor Ted and you'll suddenly see obscure farm machinery at every turn."
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Article in Waitrose Weekend magazine reviewing 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside including an interview with Dawn and a discussion on 'screen free' time for children.
Dawn quoted in article about what to look for in a garden when buying a house.
"Outside space is crucial for potential homebuyers. Families are more likely to move house just to take possession of a bigger garden. More than a third (35 per cent) of parents are considering moving house to have a bigger garden, more than double the national average of all homeowners (14 per cent), according to the Lloyds Banking Group’s Britain at Home report.
When given the choice of a bigger house, but no garden, only 2 per cent of parents would opt for this. On average, homeowners would spend £6,508 for more outdoor space. This doubles for parents, who would pay an extra £12,678 for more outdoor space.
However, experts say that choosing the right garden is just as important as choosing the right house. Dawn Isaac, a garden designer and author, says: “House-hunters should do their homework on the outside space as well as indoors. Ideally you would have a south or west-facing garden to enjoy the sunshine. Plus, it’s more challenging to look after plants in a north-facing garden.
“While space is a blessing, you don’t want to take on too much. Ask the owners how much time they spend on the garden — and if they have to pay for help. You don’t want to be a slave to your garden, after all.”
Isaac recommends avoiding sloping gardens. “They can be very expensive to make flat. If there is lots of landscaping in the garden and you like it, then it’s a huge bonus. If it’s something you want to change, don’t underestimate the cost. Digging up paved areas can be expensive.”
Dawn quotes in article on the best varieties of potatoes to grow in pots.
"Dawn Isaac children’s gardening expert
I grow them in pots every year because the kids love the “tip it up and hunt for potatoes” at the end of the season. I just use whatever I have around and they always seem to do well: you get lovely potatoes growing this way. I have used 'Charlotte’ and 'Maris Peer’ before to good results."
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